It’s common to see fender benders – even in beautiful in-town Atlanta neighborhoods like Brookhaven, Decatur, and Virginia Highlands. The people aren’t always visibly injured. However, these minor car accidents can cause serious injuries – even if there’s little damage to the vehicles.
Always seek medical attention immediately
As we’ve mentioned before, always seek medical attention immediately after a wreck in Atlanta. Adrenaline often kicks in after a wreck, which can lessen your pain in the heat of the moment. A medical professional should diagnose you, work up a treatment plan, and provide the written documentation you need for your insurance claim.
Follow up with a doctor if symptoms occur later
Even if you visit the doctor immediately, some injuries may not present themselves until 1-2 days after the wreck. In this case, always return to the doctor as soon as possible to get an official, documented diagnosis, and treatment plan.
Common fender-bender injuries can be serious
Some of the most common injuries for fender bender accidents include contusions, cuts, disc protrusions, head injuries, headaches or migraines, herniated discs, lower back pain, neck injuries, nerve damage, post-concussion syndrome, scrapes, shoulder injuries, sprains, strains, TMJ disorder, traumatic brain injuries, and whiplash.
Patients in minor car wrecks may experience severe symptoms such as:
- Excessive tiredness
- Having trouble communicating or understanding conversations
- Nausea or vomiting
- Not being able to recall the details of the accident
A personal injury attorney experienced in MIST claims is key
MIST is an acronym for Minor Impact Soft Tissue. Insurance companies use MIST to describe claims that involve little damage to the vehicle. They reason that because your car has no damage, then surely you can’t have injuries that require compensation. Insurance companies use MIST to trick injured people into taking low, unfair settlement offers – or denying their claim altogether. They’re also experts at swaying juries with the illusion of MIST.
There is no logic or scientific proof behind MIST. In fact, there’s quite a bit of difference between metal vehicles and human bodies. For example, cars can’t suffer from whiplash, but humans certainly can. Unfortunately, the effects of whiplash and other injuries can be severe.
You deserve fair compensation for your injuries – even in low-speed car accidents
Don’t let anyone misguide you into walking away from compensation you deserve. When you’re not at fault, you should pursue compensation for your injuries. Hire an experienced Atlanta personal injury attorney. They’ll help you file a claim – even with accidents that happen at low speeds and involve little damage to your car.
Contact Litner + Deganian for help with your Atlanta car accident case
Have you been injured in a fender bender around Inman Park, Morningside, East Atlanta, or another in-town Atlanta neighborhood? Contact the Decatur personal injury attorneys at Litner + Deganian today. We are well-versed in handling MIST claims and other low-speed car accident cases. You can get a free consultation at our office, conveniently located on Briarcliff Road near Emory and Virginia Highland.