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Injured in a car accident? Don't ignore invisible injuries

It is not always possible to see all the damage done in a car crash. In some cases, it is invisible: You can't point out the damage to police or see it on an X-ray; you can't take a picture of the injury or watch it heal.

Many people suffer these invisible injuries after an accident, but they often overlook damage they cannot see. However, as we explain below, various types of invisible injuries have the potential to be as serious and life changing as visible damage, if not more so.

Emotional injuries

Emotional trauma after a crash is not uncommon. In fact, as noted in this FindLaw article, about nine percent of people who survive a car crash experience post-traumatic stress disorder. Countless others develop mood disorders, phobias and social anxieties that can prove to be as painful as any physical injury.

Chronic pain

People often dismiss injuries like whiplash, back pain or headaches as minor because for many people, these injuries are short-lived and treatable with rest and some pain reliever. However, these painful conditions don't just go away for everyone. Some people are left with chronic pain that makes every day a challenge and requires ongoing treatment.

Lifestyle damages

Crash victims can struggle with adjusting to a new lifestyle in light of serious injuries. They might find it hard to connect or reconnect with friends or spouses when they are coping with emotional and physical pain. Some injuries prevent people from doing their job, playing sports or participating in hobbies they enjoy, all of which can be devastating.

These damages have value

It is crucial for accident victims to understand that invisible injuries and damages are important and worthy of acknowledgment, especially in the legal context.

If you have been injured in an accident and are eligible for compensation for damages you have suffered, be sure that you -- and the insurance companies -- do not dismiss the injuries you might not be able to see. Any settlement you accept or are awarded should reflect the true extent of damages suffered.

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