The aftermath of a car accident can be a confusing time. At a time when you're probably in shock or even in pain, you'll still be required to make major decisions that could impact your life for years to come.
One of the main decisions you may have to make is whether or not surgery should be performed. Even if another family member will be the one to give consent, they may still look to you to make the decision. How can you tell if surgery is necessary?
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In many cases, surgery might be your best option after a car accident. In a reputable hospital, surgery is often treated as a last course of action. Therefore, if the attending physician decides that surgery is what needs to be done, there's a very good chance that they've made the decision after eliminating all other possibilities. You may want to wait to get a second opinion, but remember that this can also be costly.
You're in A Lot of Pain
When you're in excruciating pain, there's a good chance that you'll need some sort of surgery. If you're in a lot of pain and there's no visible injury, it's likely that you've suffered some sort of internal injury. Depending on how serious the situation is, the doctor may have to wait for X-ray scans or some other form of medical imaging before they make a final decision.
There's Loss of Feeling in Some Parts of Your Body
Loss of feeling or paralysis is never a good sign after an accident. This may mean that you've suffered some sort of nerve damage. If there's a loss of feeling in a part of your body, there's a good chance surgery will be required to either attempt to correct the damage or to limit the extent of the damage.
You Have Suffered Broken Bones
A broken bone often requires surgery. Broken bones usually require some kind of surgery whether the break is internal or whether there's a bone sticking out. Surgery, in many cases, is the only way of ensuring that the broken ends are properly aligned. This ensures that when healing takes place, it happens correctly. Without proper healing, the broken bones may never heal correctly.
If you require surgery after an accident, ensure your auto accident attorney knows about it so they can start preparing your case.