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What are the Long-Term Effects of a Car Accident?


The long-term effects of a car accident can persist for months, years, and even for a lifetime for some individuals. Some physical impairments, like one that involves someone needing a wheelchair, are visible, but some damage involves emotional distress and other conditions that may not be apparent to others.

Some accidents are fatal, which can lead to significant emotional trauma. Losing a loved one in a car accident can cause post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and trauma. People who have a history of psychological problems or emotional challenges or have no available family or social support systems after a car accident could be more susceptible to PTSD and other mental health conditions.

Physical Effects

While a small bone fracture or a few lacerations can be painful and require time to recover, more serious car accident injuries can turn one’s life around completely. Severe back and neck injuries, spinal cord damage, amputations, traumatic brain injuries, and shattered bones can take years to heal. Sometimes, surgery for a car accident injury can lead to complications that make people unable to function at the same levels as before. In some cases, returning to work may not even be a possibility.

One of the more common car accident injuries is whiplash, which can also lead to long-term effects. Whiplash is when the victim’s head and neck snaps back and forth, causing minor or major soft tissue damage. The more severe symptoms include pain and stiffness, blurred vision, numbness, weakness, dizziness to the head and neck, and additional injuries to the jaw and upper and lower back.

Financial Impacts

Someone who is severely injured in a car accident may have significant medical expenses that insurance may not fully cover. If the injured person is unable to return to work temporarily, permanently, or in the same capacity as before, the amount of money they are able to earn can also decrease significantly.

Time is worth money too, and it can take quite a while for an insurance provider to settle with an injured claimant. If the company is not willing to negotiate a fair settlement, a claimant may need to reach out to a qualified car accident lawyer. Dealing with issues and the frustration of getting just compensation can take even longer when one is unfamiliar with the legal process. For this reason, it is important to speak to a lawyer after a collision.

Delaware Car Accident Lawyers at Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. Help Clients Handle the Long-Term Effects of Collisions

If you are facing long-term consequences from a serious collision, the skilled Delaware car accident lawyers at Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. may be able to help. For a free consultation, call us at 302-656-5445 or complete our online form. Located in Wilmington and Millsboro, Delaware, we serve clients in Dover, New Castle County, and Sussex County.