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Chicago Car Accident Lawyer: How the Cost of 'Minor Injuries' Can Add Up

By Matthew Willens  Dec. 18, 2015 9:23a

Not all accidents are equally serious. However, that does not mean you should not take any action after a minor car accident. Insurance companies and liable parties tend to downplay the seriousness of your injuries. For example, if you have suffered a fracture or sprain from which you are expected to make full recovery, the insurance company may term your injury as "minor". However, it is important to keep in mind that the so-called minor injuries can still be very painful, difficult, and costly. Do not let anyone trivialize your pain and suffering after a car accident.

"Minor Injuries" Can Be Misdiagnosed

There are many car accident cases in which there are no evident injuries immediately after the crash, or there are minor injuries that do not warrant emergency treatment, but show up hours or even days later. Even some serious injuries such as head injuries may not show any symptoms immediately, and in some cases, the injuries may be misdiagnosed. For example, patients with soft tissue injuries or chronic pain may be told that they have suffered just a minor injury or no injury at all. It is only after they suffer severe pain that they and their doctors realize that the condition is serious.

Misdiagnosis is an unfortunate reality and can happen to anyone. It is therefore important for the crash victim to insist on a proper medical evaluation. If there is any chance that you have been hit on your head, you should get examined for any possible brain injury or concussion. Even if the doctors tell you that there is no injury or that you have only a minor injury, you should still insist on an evaluation if your symptoms seem to get worse or you notice any new symptoms.

Minor Injuries Can Be Expensive

If you have suffered a minor injury from a Chicago auto accident, it does not mean that the costs are going to be minor too. Costs can add up quickly and you may end up with medical bills to the tune of thousands of dollars depending on the tests required and how long you have to stay in the hospital.

Even after release from the hospital, you may be faced with medical expenses for:

  • Medication
  • Medical devices such as crutches
  • Trips to and from doctors' appointments
  • Follow-up appointments
  • Car repair and other property damage costs.

Apart from this, you may be unable to work. It is important that you not allow anyone to minimize your injuries or the seriousness of the crash. If you or someone close to you has been injured due to another person's negligence, you will likely be faced with medical bills and other costs. Get in touch with a competent Chicago car accident attorney to get help with your claim and receive the compensation you are entitled to under Illinois law. Call (312) 957-4166 for a free case evaluation.

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