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What Lasting Effects Can a Car Accident Have?

Posted on in Car Accidents

Green Bay, WI car accident attorney

Male or female, young or old, any person that has the misfortune of being involved in a car accident can sustain life-long injuries and ailments that can affect them moving forward. Each fender-bender can affect a victim in a variety of ways, and mental, emotional, physical, and financial damages can all develop from an auto accident. Due to the severity of these injuries, car crash incidents can leave victims in a great deal of pain and cause them to worry about their quality of life.

Mental and Emotional Effects

Immediately after a collision happens, the motorists and passengers involved can instantly go into a state of shock. While a physical injury may or may not have occurred, common symptoms associated with shock include nausea, shaking, dizziness, and sweating or being very cold. A state of shock can also occur at a later time, affecting the victim in the days or weeks following the crash. An auto accident can resonate with victims for an undetermined amount of time, and its ongoing effects can lead to anger, fear, irritation, and anxiety. Individuals who suffer from anxiety may also experience effects such as lack of concentration and not being able to socialize with friends or family members. 

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one of the most commonly known ailments tied to a nightmarish event. Car accident survivors who experience PTSD may not be able to sleep, or they may have difficulty being able to drive or ride in a car again. Any connection to the memory, such as passing by the site of the accident or seeing another car crash, could trigger specific memories of the event, causing serious emotional trauma.

Physical Injuries

When a vehicle collides with another object, the victims of the crash often experience some sort of physical injury. While different types of accidents can result in a variety of injuries, victims may experience broken bones, lacerations, spinal cord injuries, injuries to internal organs, and in some cases, death. Whiplash is one of the most common types of injuries, especially in rear-end auto accidents. This type of neck injury is caused by a powerful, accelerated back-and-forth movement of the neck, and it can result in long-lasting pain and, in severe cases, paralysis of certain parts of the body.

Financial Damages

Depending on fault, severity, damage, and injuries experienced in an auto accident, financial repercussions could ensue. Insurance is a helpful tool in times of crisis; however, it often will not pay for every expense. Medical bills can become very costly, especially if any necessary treatments are not covered by a victim’s health insurance. If a victim is unable to work while recovering, the loss of income can be significant. The financial setbacks caused by an auto accident can affect a victim for years, or even the rest of their life.

Contact a Green Bay Auto Accident Lawyer

A car crash can happen to any person at any time, and in many cases, a victim is seriously injured through no fault of their own. Mental, emotional, physical, and financial damages can have an extended or even life-long effect on a person and their family. At Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd., we can provide you with the legal representation you need in your auto accident case. Our experienced Appleton personal injury attorneys will aggressively work to ensure you are fully compensated for the damages you have suffered. Call our office today at 920-739-7366 for a free initial consultation.  

Sources:

https://mental-health-matters.com/the-emotional-and-mental-impact-of-a-car-accident/

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/whiplash/symptoms-causes/syc-20378921

https://ktar.com/story/605000/7-delayed-injury-symptoms-after-a-car-crash/

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