According to the Truck Driving Institute (HDS), “68% of all goods are transported via semi truck, and there are nearly 2 million semi trucks in operation in the U.S.” With countless trucks on the roadways every day, trucking accidents can happen at any moment and tend to be more severe than regular car accidents because of their immense size and weight. Trucking accidents are dangerous and can lead to serious injuries or even death. However, some injury symptoms aren’t always immediately recognizable. Instead, they can be delayed till much after the accident and cause more damage down the road.
For this reason, countless people walk away from accidents and decide not to be evaluated by a medical professional because they assume they were not injured. There are injuries where the symptoms begin to manifest immediately after the accident, while others take time to arise. Delayed symptoms are usually due to the injury not having adequate time to develop or the adrenaline in the body overpowering pain and signs of harm.
After the adrenaline is gone and days have passed since the accident, the body can begin to feel pain that can continue to worsen over time. It is not until the pain has manifested or worsened, that people begin to realize something is wrong. When an individual waits to seek a medical professional until they feel pain, it can make a personal injury lawsuit complicated to file. That is why it’s essential to speak with a Tennessee personal injury lawyer for direction on your case. If an injured victim decides to file a lawsuit, they will be required to submit medical documents such as medical records and bills. If there is a delay in seeking treatment, it can be challenging to receive the settlement amount you deserve for your injury. The Insiders of the McMahan Law Firm can assist you on your claim and will answer any questions you have about your case.
Most Common Delayed Symptoms and Conditions in Truck Accidents
There are specific symptoms that may emerge days after an accident occurs. If you or someone you love notice any of these symptoms, it’s vital to seek a medical professional immediately, because it will make your case easier to process.
- Concussions- A concussion is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Although some concussions are minor and can heal in a few days, some brain injuries can have a long-term effect on an individual. Whether the head trauma is minor or severe, it should not be ignored but evaluated by a medical professional.
- Whiplash- Whiplash is an injury to the neck and is typical in rear-end collisions. The injury occurs due to the body experiencing a serious whipping motion back and forth. There are many symptoms of whiplash such as sleep issues, pain in the neck, headaches, blurred vision, dizziness, and ringing in the ears. Whiplash injuries can vary depending upon the impact and the severity of the injury. Some whiplash injuries require more treatment than others and it’s always best to seek a doctor who can recommend the best treatment for you.
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – PTSD is a health issue that develops when someone has experienced or seen a life-threatening event that impacted their overall mental health. Some of the symptoms are depression, flashbacks, panic attacks, nightmares, being unable to return to the scene of the accident, or wanting to avoid places that remind them of the accident. PTSD does not always appear instantly and can develop over time.
Although these are the most common symptoms and conditions one can experience after an injury, there are others that may arise. After an accident, it’s imperative to pay close attention to your body and be aware of anything that feels out of the ordinary. Also, you should always contact a Tennessee personal injury lawyer to review the circumstances of your accident.
How a Tennessee Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help
Trucking accidents transpire daily on the roadways, and it’s important to know how to proceed after an accident. Whether the injury was minor or severe, you should not suffer due to someone else’s negligence without being compensated. The Tennessee personal injury lawyers at the McMahan Law Firm are ready to fight for you. We understand how devastating an accident can be and the impact it can have on an individual and their family.
Our attorneys are aware that some symptoms after a trucking accident may emerge days later, and the uncertainty about how medical bills will be paid can be challenging to handle without a Tennessee personal injury lawyer. That’s why we work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we don’t get paid until you get paid. Contact us today for a free consultation, and we can help you with your settlement claim.