According to Florida’s Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Law, you must seek medical attention within 14 days of an auto accident to receive compensation from the auto insurance company for your medical expenses and other damages. The medical provider(s) you visit must be approved healthcare providers under the law, including ER technicians, chiropractors, personal physicians, physical therapists, and specialists. These approved healthcare providers will be able to attest to your injuries associated with the accident.

If you’re feeling “ok” immediately following the accident, that doesn’t mean you are “ok.” Even minor aches or pains could signal something more serious. Get a thorough examination, for peace of mind, and to uncover any possible injuries. Your prognosis for recovery is greater the sooner the injury is discovered and treatment is begun.

Typical injuries after a car accident or other vehicle accident can be divided into several categories:

Brain and head injuries: If you hit your head on an object, or if an object hit you in the head, this is considered a traumatic head injury. You may have lacerations or bruising, but damage to the brain is the most serious result. A concussion is a shaking of the brain inside the skull that leads to bruising of the brain and a variety of symptoms, from mild dizziness or light sensitivity to more severe symptoms such as loss of consciousness, disorientation, nausea, and vomiting. A concussion can result in pressure or internal brain bleeding and should always be taken seriously and checked out thoroughly by medical experts.

Neck and spine injuries: Injury to any part of the spine will almost definitely cause pain or dysfunction in other parts of the body since everything is connected to the spine. Whiplash is a common problem after a car accident since, in many accidents, the neck is suddenly snapped forward and then back – or vice versa. This sudden jolt can stretch or damage more than just the neck. It can affect everything the neck is connected to, such as the spinal column and its nerves, ligaments, tendons, and discs, as well as joints, ligaments, and muscles leading out from the neck, including shoulders, arms, upper back, and head. Injuring the neck can also lead to chronic headaches.

Chest injuries: Though less common now because of airbags which are standard in newer cars, older models of cars are not so equipped, and airbags are generally not in the back seat. There is also a risk of serious damage if a child or short adult is sitting behind an airbag. Even with airbags and seatbelts, internal injuries or broken bones can still occur.

Leg and knee injuries:  Injury can occur to the legs, knees, ankles, feet, or toes during an auto accident, including fractured bones, torn ligaments, torn menisci, damaged muscles, or damaged nerves.

Broken bones: As with other injuries, there are degrees of severity: cracked bone, completely broken bone, multiple fractures, or compound fracture, which means the bone is protruding from the skin. All bone injuries should receive immediate medical attention.

Depression: Emotional trauma can also occur after an accident and is not to be ignored. Seek medical help if you are not yourself after a couple of days.

At Miami Accident Center, we treat every one of our patients as unique individuals with unique medical needs. We provide a variety of state-of-the-art chiropractic services and other therapies. We can also refer you to a team of medical experts if needed as well as to an auto accident attorney in order to provide a complete, 360-degree level of care. If you’ve had a car accident, visit us as soon as possible so we can get you on the road to complete recovery.