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Injury myths after a car accident

When you're in a car accident, it's important to know as much as possible about your injuries, especially because you could be facing high medical bills. Below are a few myths that you need to watch out for:

1. Injuries will heal in two months.

Trying to put a general time limit on healing is impossible. Injuries simply vary too much from case to case. Some people feel fine two weeks later and others deal with symptoms for the rest of their lives. Some studies have found that 25 percent of people in car accidents wind up with long-term chronic pain, and a full 10 percent are permanently disabled.

2. Injury pain comes about instantly.

It can, of course. You may be in terrible pain right after the accident. If you're not, though, don't assume you're not hurt. Many people report pain getting worse with swelling over the next three days. Additionally, some head and brain injuries don't show symptoms instantly, but issues could become apparent in the days after the crash.

3. Victims tend to be injured equally.

This is absolutely not the case. There are crashes where one person comes away with minor injuries and another is in the hospital for months. There are even cases where some people walk off without a scratch and others are killed. There are just too many factors -- like whether or not seat belts are used and the angle of the impact -- to assume injuries are always similar.

Those who have been hurt, especially those with long-term issues, may have high medical expenses. They need to know their potential rights to compensation.

Source: McMichael Chiro, "6 Silly Auto Accident Myths," accessed March 17, 2017

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