Permanent Effects of Car Accidents

Injured girl after car accident in the street

Car accidents can be traumatising experiences where you can suffer a variety of injuries. Some of these can be long-term or permanent, including head injuries, whiplash and aching joints. Suffering a permanent injury from a crash is debilitating in a variety of ways, from the pain and discomfort of the injury to loss of income if you are unable to work in the same manner you previously did before the accident.

It’s difficult to know the extent of how your injuries will affect you in the long-term. That’s why it’s essential to go through all the necessary steps of reporting the incident, getting your injuries assessed by doctors and consulting a motor vehicle injury lawyer if you think you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Common Permanent Physical Injuries

Injuries can range from minor sprains and strains which heal to devastating permanent brain trauma and paralysis. The effects of a brain injury are especially severe, capable of affecting your coordination, memory and more. Whiplash is another common injury sustained in a car accident that can be mild or severe.

A whiplash injury can result in serious long-term consequences, even if it seems relatively minor at first. Some symptoms do not appear until days after the accident. The symptoms can then last for days, weeks, months or even years, depending on how severe the injury is to the soft tissue in your neck or back.

Chronic Whiplash

When whiplash lasts over six months, it is referred to as chronic whiplash. For many people, the symptoms never go away. Some of these include:

  • Pain and stiffness in the neck or shoulders
  • Upper or lower back pain
  • Severe headaches
  • Concentration and memory problems
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Persistent feelings of weariness
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Jaw pain
  • Irritability
  • Numbness or weakness in the arms or legs

Treatments range from painkillers and muscle relaxants to physiotherapy, massage and electronic nerve stimulation. Severe whiplash can also lead to osteoarthritis and spinal stenosis in the long-term if the spine has been injured.

Psychological Injuries

It’s fairly common for people to develop persistent emotional and psychological issues such as anxiety or PTSD. Both of these can have a significant impact on work and personal relationships. People with PTSD can experience a wide range of symptoms including anger, fear, shock, nervousness and feelings of mistrust or guilt.

People with anxiety can experience excessive fear, worry, catastrophizing, obsessive thinking, panic attacks, hot and cold flushes, racing heart, tightening of the chest, quick breathing, restlessness and feelings of being tense, wound up and edgy. Sufferers tend to avoid situations that make them feel anxious which can impact work and social life.

Need Advice for a Work-Related Injury in Queensland?

If you have suffered an injury in a car accident, it’s essential to consult experienced vehicle accident lawyers to evaluate your case and determine whether you are eligible for compensation.

If you need a motor compensation lawyer in Brisbane or the Gold Coast, get in touch with the friendly team at Dwyer Law Group. We have more than 30 years of experience dealing with car accident injury compensation. Contact us online or call us on 07 5610 5277 and ask about our ‘No Win, No Fee’ arrangement.

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