Possible Long-Term Effects of a Car Accident

damaged carCar accidents often lead to serious injuries which can have long-term effects on your health and well-being. You may be able to pursue compensation for the losses incurred due to these long-term effects.

Below, our Fort Worth car accident attorneys explain the types of long-term injuries and effects that may result from a car accident. If you suffered a car accident injury, schedule a free, no obligation-consultation with our legal team to learn whether you may have a case.

Head Injuries

Unfortunately, it is common for head injuries to occur in a car accident, such as:

  • Diffuse axonal injuries
  • Coup-contrecoup injuries

Victims of traumatic brain injuries are often left with diminished physical or mental capacity. In some cases, long-term side effects worsen over time.

Other Physical Injuries

Car accidents may also cause various severe physical injuries to many parts of the body, such as:

  • Neck strains
  • Damage to spinal discs

These severe physical injuries can have long-term effects, including:

  • Chronic pain
  • Diminished mobility
  • Memory issues
  • Cognitive problems

Emotional and Psychological Effects

Examples of these injuries may include:

  • Embarrassment
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight fluctuations
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Lack of energy
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Mood swings

About one-third of non-fatal car accident victims report experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder, which can cause intense fear and anxiety in certain situations and possibly flashbacks, where people relive the accident. This may impact an accident victim’s personal relationships and his or her ability to continue working.

Treatment and Recovery

Treatment and recovery for severe car accident injuries varies based on the type and severity of the injury.

  • Mild concussion symptoms typically begin to subside two to three weeks after the injury occurs, while more severe concussions may take months to heal.
  • Traumatic brain injuries take months or even years to heal, depending on the severity. Rehabilitation may be required to treat the various symptoms caused by this injury.
  • Whiplash symptoms may begin to ease after several weeks. Months may be needed for recovery, with some symptoms remaining for quite a while.
  • An injury to vertebrae or spinal discs may require surgery, with the recovery possibly lasting months, depending on the procedure and extent of the injury. Chronic pain from these injuries may be long-term.
  • Soft tissue injuries such as sprains and strains to back muscles, ligaments and tendons often heal within weeks. Muscle tears may require surgical treatment and physical therapy, which takes months to recover from.
  • Broken bones that require surgical correction often take three to four months for recovery.
  • Emotional and psychological injuries require treatment from a mental health professional. Unfortunately, there is no set timeframe for recovery, as these injuries vary greatly from one person to the next.

Call Our Licensed Lawyers for Legal Assistance

If you were injured in an accident, the attorneys of Anderson & Cummings are available to discuss your claim and whether you may be eligible to seek compensation. We fight to recover the maximum compensation for our clients’ long-term injuries, including compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation and learn what legal options may be available in your situation. There are no upfront fees and you only pay us if we recover compensation on your behalf.

Contact us by phone 24/7 at (817) 920-9000.

*These are actual dollar amounts paid to clients after the deduction of attorney fees and expenses.


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