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Minor Injuries Can Become Major Injuries

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April 3, 2015 | Auto Accidents |


Recently, more than a dozen people were injured in a downtown Indianapolis bus crash. According to an article from Indy Star, the bus—which was carrying twenty people—was traveling eastbound through an intersection when it was struck by a southbound van that ran a red light. The bus then hit, and knocked over, a traffic light.

The good news is that the fourteen individuals from the bus who were transported to area hospitals were all listed in good condition. However, sometimes injuries that seemed minor can have serious and long-lasting effects.

Minor Injuries with Long-Term Effects

Whiplash, head injuries, and minor lacerations can all develop complications.


Whiplash is a common injury resulting from an automobile accident. It can occur through either high impact or low impact collisions. According to Spine Health, whiplash injuries most commonly occur from rear-end collisions and can come with a variety of other issues, including joint dysfunction and disc herniation. Though it normally heals without much difficulty, in some cases whiplash can cause faulty movement patterns, chronic pain, and even impact the victim’s mental function.

Head Injuries

Another risk with minor injuries is a bump on the head that initially seems minor but later reveals itself as quite serious. A 2009 CNN report discussed this issue, stating that sometimes a patient can appear completely normal after an accident or other minor head injury. However, there may be a brain bleed that doesn’t show symptoms until hours or even days later. At that point, a minor bump to the head can become a traumatic brain injury (TBI).


Even minor lacerations run the risk of becoming more serious. There is always a chance of infection when a cut is involved. Though hospitals will provide treatments to prevent such infections, they can still happen and can still be physically and financially damaging.

Seek Medical Care After an Accident

Even minor accidents and minor injuries can be difficult to deal with. No matter how minor you believe your injuries are, we recommend seeing a doctor immediately after an accident. If your minor injuries become major injuries that require future medical bills, remember that in Indiana you only have two years to file a lawsuit after an accident.

Contact an Automobile Accident Attorney Today

If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a car accident, you are urged to contact the attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. An Indianapolis car accident lawyer from WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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