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5 Things You Need to Do After a Car Accident

5 Things You Need to Do After a Car Accident - El Paso Chiropractor

Treating Life-threatening Auto Injuries
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After an individual has been involved in a car accident, it’s absolutely essential for the driver and any passengers to determine if they suffered any life-threatening injuries from the incident. Various types of injuries can result from a car crash but, while most are clearly visible and can present obvious symptoms, there are other types of injuries which may not be noticeable immediately. These often include concussions and brain injuries. Brain hemorrhage is another type of severe injury which may be difficult to detect after an individual has experienced an automobile accident. The majority of the time, these type of injuries go unnoticed due to the fact that the only symptom many victims experience are headaches. Therefore, it’s not always safe to assume the individual was left unharmed from a car accident simply because there were no visible wounds or injuries. It’s crucial to seek immediate medical attention following a traumatic accident to properly diagnose any possible injuries or aggravated conditions which may have developed from the unexpected automobile accident.

Post Car Accident Safety

All too frequently, many car accident victims may be at risk of experiencing further injury as a result of not being alert of their surroundings. A sudden auto collision can cause confusion and disorientation, leaving those involved feeling unaware of the events happening around them. In this state, it is easy for another accident to occur. Further injury can take place from carelessly walking around the scene of the accident or during the unfortunate case where another vehicle crashes into the existing accident scene. Alternatively, it’s a safer practice to remain inside the automobile until help has arrived and it is safe to exit, at least as long as there’s not an immediate threat like a fire which will require the individual to exit the vehicle. If the individual feels lightheaded or they’ve suffered visible wounds or injuries from the car crash, it is safer to stay seated and still in the car. Furthermore, exiting a crashed car quickly could lead to fainting due to shock.

Seeking the Right Doctor for Care

Not all healthcare professionals are trained to diagnose and treat injuries sustained during a car accident. Certain Injuries can require distinct medical specialties. If an individual suffered a bone fracture, for example, an orthopedist or orthopedic surgeon can be the best option for treatment. In the case of a concussion, the expertise of a neurologist who specializes in brain trauma is often the preferred choice. If the individual experienced whiplash, or other soft tissue injuries, it’s commonly recommended to visit a chiropractor, who specializes in post auto accident soft tissue injury and rehabilitation. Occasionally, healing from a car crash can require time and patience. Brain injuries and soft tissue injuries may cause chronic pain and symptoms for months and even years after the incident. It’s very important to seek immediate medical care after experiencing damage or injury from an auto collision in order to begin the healing process as soon as possible. The more an individual delays treatment for their injuries, the more challenging it can be for the body to heal itself naturally.

Early Intervention after an Auto Injury

Legal Action for a Personal Injury Case

Essentially, healing completely after a car accident may require plenty of time, work and patience, and not just in the medical aspect, if the individual wishes to restore their original lifestyles prior to the accident. Foremost, the individual must ensure that everything from the accident has been physically and financially covered for it to not affect them in the future. Proper legal counseling can help avoid unnecessary complications from the case as well as other issues one may experience when dealing with the insurance companies and medical billing. It is frequently rare for cases with car damage bodily injuries to get resolved immediately without any problems. It’s best to seek counseling from experienced personal injury legal professionals that have dealt with these type of cases and have your best interest first.

Future Precautions from Other Auto Accidents

Although automobile accidents can be sudden and unexpected events, certain precautionary measures can be taken to avoid other auto accidents in the future. Avoid distracted driving by eating or cell phone conversations and texting. Even if the car accident was not caused by you, try driving more alert and be cautious of your surroundings. The individual can take time to learn from their accident. It’s preferred to be a defensive driver and make it home safely than driving distracted and suffering an automobile accident and facing all the complications that follow.  

By Dr. Alex Jimenez

Dr. Alex Jimenez is a chiropractor at Injury Medical Clinic that offers a variety of treatments, including spinal adjustments, to care for numerous injuries and conditions focused on the spine, offering several appropriate treatments for an individual’s needs and preferences.

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The information herein is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional, licensed physician, and is not medical advice. We encourage you to make your own health care decisions based on your research and partnership with a qualified health care professional. Our information scope is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, sensitive health issues, functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We provide and present clinical collaboration with specialists from a wide array of disciplines. Each specialist is governed by their professional scope of practice and their jurisdiction of licensure. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for the injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our videos, posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate to and support, directly or indirectly, our clinical scope of practice.* Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We provide copies of supporting research studies available to regulatory boards and the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation of how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to contact us. Dr. Alex Jimenez DC, MSACP, CCST, IFMCP*, CIFM*, ATN* email: coach@elpasofunctionalmedicine.com phone: 915-850-0900 Licensed in: Texas & New Mexico*