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Minor Injuries Can Become Major Injuries

Updated June 27, 2020 | By Wilson Kehoe Winingham staff

In 2015, 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 car accident injuries that seem 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 and is most often associated with rear-end car accidents.

This type of injury 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 a 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. Even if victims initially appear normal after an accident or other minor head injury, there may be hidden dangers such as a brain bleed that don’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. A doctor will be able to determine whether you sustained any injuries in the accident and help you prepare a treatment or recovery plan.

Remember that minor injuries can become major injuries, requiring future medical bills, long-term care costs, and other financial damages. Get checked by a medical professional as soon as possible after a crash to make your health a priority and create documentation in case you decide to pursue a personal injury lawsuit.

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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