The Quad-City Times reported yesterday on the death of a Chicago-area man. 54 year old Michael Nolan died in his home on Saturday. He failed to pick up his wife from the airport, and when neighbors checked on him, they could not get him to respond even though the lights were on in the house. When authorities arrived, they found him dead inside the home.
The man’s death may be related to a car accident that he was involved in the day before. On Friday Nolan was involved in a serious car accident that ultimately totaled his car. However, he himself did not appear to suffer any major injuries from the accident. His only complaint was of pain on the parts of his body that were hit by the deployment of the car’s airbag.
Authorities are still investigating the cause of death to determine if there was a clear connection with the major car accident the day before.
As these unique circumstances may indicate, sometimes the medical problems associated with accidents are hidden. For that reason, it is all the more important to ensure that proper medical professionals are consulted following these accidents. Even if it does not at first appear that no major injuries have been sustained, often the problems could only show effect hours (or even days) later. Too much is risked and little is gained by avoiding medical care to ensure that no health concerns exist following car accidents.
Also, this example should be considered by those who have lost family members shortly after major accidents, like car crashes. An injury from the accident may have been latent, only appearing a considerable time after the crash. If that may be the case, be sure to contact local legal help to work through the possible ramifications.
Our Chicago car accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti send sincere condolences to the friends and family suffering following this death.