Victims of auto accidents may not immediately feel injury symptoms. Though victims may visit an emergency room shortly after the accident it is possible that the emergency room physician will only check for serious or life-threatening injuries such as broken bones, a punctured lung or some kind of internal bleeding. Endorphins produced after accidents serve as pain killers and the victim may not even realize there is an injury.
Consulting a Clayton County attorney after an auto accident enhances a victim's ability to receive a reasonable settlement. If you have been injured in an automobile accident you should discuss your case with an accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.
Not all injuries sustained in an accident will be immediately apparent. Closed head injuries ranging in severity from a mild concussion to traumatic brain injury (TBI) are commonly sustained in auto accidents. Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is common after car accidents and can leave a victim with physical and emotional injuries. Victims who already have psychological disorders including depression are at a greater risk of developing PTSD after a Georgia auto accident.
According to Johns Hopkins University, between 10 and 45 percent of those injured in auto accidents later suffer from PTSD that interferes with ordinary daily functioning. Many accident victims develop phobias about driving and psychoses about dying.
PTSD is more complicated than being anxious or worried. It can impact a victim's daily functioning ability and decrease the victim's quality of life. PTSD sufferers may miss long periods of work or be unable to return to work and cause extensive medical bills. A victim may be unable to socialize or maintain relationships.
If you or someone you know has been hurt in an auto accident, meet with a Clayton County auto accident lawyer. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith to schedule a free legal consultation at (770) 487-8999.