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Thinking long-term after a car accident

Getting into a car accident can affect your life in a myriad of ways. In the days, weeks and months following a crash, you may need to handle medical concerns, a decreased ability to work and getting your car fixed so you can have reliable transportation again. At the same time, many accident victims also suffer from physical and emotional trauma.

Car accidents often end up costing more than people think, in the long run. In this difficult time, it is important to get the right support as you get your life back in order. Taking care of some major aspects can set you on the road to recovery.

Get medical attention

In a typical situation, you will go to the emergency room from the accident scene. In the case of serious injury, you may be hospitalized; otherwise, you will receive treatment and then go home. Either way, you may need to seek follow-up medical care. Not all injuries show up right away.

Watch for late symptoms

Some conditions, such as traumatic brain injuries, may first show symptoms days and even weeks after the accident. Keep an eye out for any changes in health such as unusual fatigue, dizziness, blurred vision, confusion or mood swings. Even symptoms that do not seem very painful or serious can signal a damaging underlying condition that may need prompt treatment.

Think about finances

The financial consequences of a car wreck can be dire. Many people find themselves worrying about their ability to get the medical treatment they need. Injuries can decrease or completely curtail the ability to earn money. Shortly after the accident, you may find insurance representatives trying to get you to accept a settlement. Such offers rarely reflect the long-term financial impact of the accident.

If you sustained a car accident, getting legal help can aid you in getting the recovery you will need to cover your bills and make up for lost earnings. A qualified lawyer can help you understand the estimated value of your case and pursue the right course to meet your needs.

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