Long-Term Effects of a Motor Vehicle Accident
Most of us occasionally pass car accidents on our daily commutes and forget about them by the time lunch rolls around. When you’re involved in a serious car accident, though, sometimes there’s no opportunity to forget. A car accident or a motorcycle accident can have lifelong effects and far-reaching consequences in different areas of one’s life.
Physical Consequences of a Car Accident
Car accident injuries can be devastating. Depending on the severity of the accident, recovery can last weeks, months, or years. Some injuries, such as a paraplegia, last a lifetime and require ongoing medical care.
Possible injuries from a car accident include:
- Bruises and cuts. Those who escape from a car accident with bruises and cuts often count themselves lucky. These injuries will likely heal quickly.
- Broken Bones. The severity of a broken bone can vary depending on the location and the type of break. Some breaks will require physical therapy in order to gain full use of the limbs again.
- Whiplash. While frequently cited as a minor injury, whiplash can actually have unsettling, lifelong effects, causing dizziness and headaches for weeks, months, or years.
- Concussion. Each and every concussion is dangerous because they deal with one of our most vital organs: our brains. Most people can recover from a concussion in a few weeks, however, for some, it can lead to serious issues for a longer period.
- Paraplegia. A car accident can cause damage to the spine and increase the risk of paralysis, a lifelong condition that requires specialized care.
Financial Consequences of a Motor Vehicle Accident
A car accident can take a toll on anyone’s finances. And we aren’t just talking about increased insurance rates or a high deductible. A serious car accident can lead to costly medical procedures and loss of wages, in addition to the damage to one’s vehicle. Injuries can limit one’s ability to work
All Florida drivers are required to carry insurance, however, sometimes insurance isn’t enough to cover the costs of a car accident. Other times, insurers are slow to pay or deny claims, giving victims the runaround.
Some people may feel like they must go back to work immediately in order to cover their medical costs or limit the amount of wage loss. However, this can worsen injuries, increasing recovery time or even making it impossible to have a full recovery.
For those who aren’t able to work after an accident, their loss of wages adds insult to injury as they watch their expenses climb with no income in sight.
Emotional and Psychological Consequences of a Car Accident
Not only accident injuries are physical. A car accident can be extremely traumatic for the driver or passengers. Sometimes it is necessary to seek therapy to help deal with issues that arise from the trauma of the accident itself or to cope with injuries or the death of a loved one. “Pain and suffering” isn’t just a term thrown about, it’s a real consequence that can greatly impact one’s life after a car accident, especially one that has lead to grave injury or even death. Unfortunately, seeking psychological help isn’t cheap, though it can greatly help those recovering.
Motor vehicle accidents have plenty of negative effects that often extend beyond the time it takes to repair a vehicle or buy a new one. It’s important for those involved in an accident to seek medical attention immediately or at the onset of a possible issue, regardless of cost, and to focus on healing.
At Winters & Yonker, we understand the need for accident victims to focus on their well-being. That’s why we fight on their behalf to help secure them the compensation they need to move forward into their lives post-accident. If you’ve been involved in a serious motor vehicle accident, make sure you get the help you need with Winters & Yonker. Schedule a free consultation today to learn more.