Let me just get an elephant out of the room. You may be wondering how a Spartanburg accident attorney might be qualified to explain what to expect physically after a South Carolina car accident. I have listened to hundreds of car crash victims tell their stories over the years, so I can give you an idea from a victim's perspective.
Obtaining a settlement that, among other things, includes compensation for pain is an essential part of many accident cases. Accordingly, I help people find ways to express their pain meaningfully, and I can share their experiences with you.
The main thing about pain is that pain affects different people in different ways. Strangely, you may not feel any pain right after the crash. That's because crash trauma sets off a “fight or flight” response in your nervous system, making adrenaline flow through you. But once that adrenaline wears off, pain sets in. That's why it's best to go to the ER or a doctor immediately after a crash to ensure the adrenaline doesn't mask severe injury. I can't tell you how many clients left the crash scene saying, “I didn't think I was hurt that bad,” only to require an operation later.
If you're wondering how your physical recovery will affect your car or motorcycle accident settlement, don't suffer in silence. Get your questions answered in a free, no-pressure strategy session with a Spartanburg, SC, personal injury attorney. Call toll free at 888-230-1841 or fill out a Get Help Now form.
Warning Signs of a Serious Car Accident Injury
In my experience helping car and motorcycle accident victims in South Carolina, I've seen warning signs indicating a worse injury than you might know. Here are some key things to watch out for physically that may indicate a serious injury:
- Radiating pain. This is where pain or related symptoms like numbness, tingling, and weakness flow from one part of your body to another. For example, if your neck hurts and shoots pain like a lightning bolt down your right arm, which you can't use because it's so weak and you can't feel your fingers, this is often a sign of a cervical disc herniation. Likewise, immense low back pain firing off into the legs can be a sign of a lumbar spinal disc herniation. Spinal disc herniations are extremely serious. They will likely require a neurosurgeon.
- Immense pain with simple everyday movements of joints. If it's unbearable to reach overhead, that can be a sign of a torn shoulder rotator cuff. If shifting your knee sideways brings tears to your eyes from agony, that can be a sign of a torn knee ligament.
What to Do About Car or Motorcycle Accident Pain and Your Case
It's important to remember that pain is a strong signal from our brains that something is badly wrong with our body. Get it fixed. Go to the doctor, even if you don't want to. The consequences can be a lifetime of disability or an unnecessarily long recovery.
In the meantime, understand that pain is a big part of your case. You need to be able to express it honestly and thoroughly without exaggerating. Never exaggerate. That will kill your case. Expressing your pain in meaningful terms can help the doctor understand your injuries and their effect on you. Likewise, it can help an insurance company understand your ability to graphically describe the impact of the car accident on you and your life. This can help you get a proper settlement.
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