Getting in a car accident can happen to anyone. Even if you ride a bicycle or walk to your destinations, the likelihood of a vehicle hitting you still exists. As cautious as you may be while cycling, walking or driving, you cannot control the actions of other people. As a result, you could find yourself involved in a serious accident before you know it.
Unfortunately, car accidents can have lasting effects on those involved, and you could suffer serious injuries that need an extended amount of time from which to recover. If so, numerous areas of your life could experience setbacks that make it difficult for you to focus on your recovery.
How long will it take to recover?
If you do suffer injuries in a crash, the amount of time it takes for you to recover will depend on the specific details of the incident and your injuries. Each accident and each person is different, so everyone faces unique factors to overcome when it comes to recovering from serious injuries. Some common timelines for accident-related injures include the following:
- Neck injuries: Whiplash is a common accident injury and is often more serious than some people think. It can take several weeks for whiplash symptoms to go away and possibly longer if injuries required surgery.
- Head or brain injuries: These injuries are often severe, and if you suffer a traumatic brain injury in a car accident, you could need a few weeks to recover from a mild concussion or face a more complicated timeline if the injury is not minor.
- Spinal cord injuries: This is another type of injury that is severe and can have long-lasting effects. In some cases, a spinal cord injury could result in permanent damage that causes a person to completely lose or have diminished abilities.
- Facial injuries: The recovery time for facial injuries can depend on their severity. Scrapes and bruises could heal in days, whereas broken bones that may need surgery can take weeks or months.
No one wants to suffer life-changing injuries, but they do happen. Unfortunately, car accidents are a common cause.
What if you suffer injuries?
In addition to the physical and emotional turmoil that can result from suffering injuries in a crash, you may also face financial setbacks due to time away from work, medical bills, treatment costs and more. Luckily, if another person caused the serious crash, you may have reason to file a personal injury claim against that person in efforts to pursue compensation for damages allowable under Virginia law.