As mentioned in the July 22, 2014 post (“The Importance Of Getting A Medical Check-Up After An Accident“) each post on this Lake County Illinois Car Accident Lawyer Blog has a link provided to an Elman Joseph Law Group reference document titled “Steps You Should Follow After An Auto Accident.”
Step 5, as described below, is “Get a medical check-up”:
We recommend that you and your passengers get a medical check-up following an automobile accident. Some injuries are not immediately apparent, and a physical performed by your physician or other qualified medical professional can check for injuries that went unnoticed right after the accident.
There are various reasons for following this recommendation, including those with a medical basis as well as those with a legal basis.
There are various examples of those who incur serious health issues because they did not receive an adequate health inspection and appropriate treatment following an accident.
A July 2014 Aurora, Illinois bicycle accident underscores the importance of promptly receiving a comprehensive medical examination after being involved in any vehicle accident – even if you think that you didn’t get any injuries from the accident.
The Aurora bicycle accident mentioned above is featured in the July 18, 2014 Aurora Beacon-News article titled “Bicyclist realizes depth of injuries hours after Aurora crash.” As described in the article, the bicyclist initially thought he didn’t receive any injuries in the bicycle accident. However, a few hours later he did encounter health problems. These health problems included difficulty breathing and vomiting blood.
An excerpt from the article concerning what happened next:
He was taken to the emergency room at Presence Mercy Medical Center in Aurora, where it was determined he had bleeding on his brain as well as possible internal bleeding.
Doctors transferred Owens to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove for surgery.
Another incident in which a person thought they were not injured in an accident, only to find out later they were seriously injured, is described in the Justia Opinion Summary of October 10, 2014, titled “Christiansen v. Alaska Sales & Service, Inc.” As seen in the lawsuit summary, after this 2008 vehicle collision a woman suffered deteriorating health after she didn’t realize the extent of her injuries, which, according to the lawsuit, included brain damage.
Head trauma and any associated brain injuries are among those injuries in which symptoms may not be immediately apparent. As seen in the Mayo Clinic’s Traumatic Brain Injury page under “Symptoms”:
Traumatic brain injury can have wide-ranging physical and psychological effects. Some signs or symptoms may appear immediately after the traumatic event, while others may appear days or weeks later.
Additional information concerning traumatic brain injuries can be seen in the Mayo Clinic page mentioned above.