After one is in a DuPage County car or vehicle accident – or anywhere else – there are recommended actions on should take in order to protect one’s rights and maximize the potential monetary award one will get as compensation for one’s accident injuries and other harm. Various of these recommended actions are discussed in the Elman Law Group reference document titled “10 Steps To Take After A DuPage County Accident.”
Step 5 has to do with protecting one’s health. As described below:
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 many 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 later have serious health issues because they did not receive an adequate health inspection and appropriate treatment following a vehicle accident. Two of these examples, including one that happened in July 2014 as well as one that happened in 2008, are discussed below.
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.” In this injury accident, as seen in the lawsuit summary, a woman who suffered a collision while driving in 2008 suffered deteriorating health after an accident, after she didn’t realize the extent of her injuries, which, according to the lawsuit, included brain damage.
As seen in the Mayo Clinic’s Traumatic Brain Injury page, incidents of head trauma and other associated brain injuries, like the example discussed above, are among those injuries in which symptoms may not be immediately apparent. As discussed on the aforementioned Mayo 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, including a definition, causes, risk factors, complications, and prevention, can be seen in the Mayo Clinic page mentioned above.