Delayed Injury Symptoms of Car Accidents

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Car accidents are shocking events – both mentally and physically, and the severity of an accident likely increases the severity of injuries. Sometimes these injuries are obvious and take the form of broken ribs, bruises, cuts, scrapes, etc. However, there are also some common delayed injury symptoms of car accidents that may show up days, weeks, and even months after the event. If you or a loved one is involved in a crash, seek medical attention right at the scene, if possible. Not only will it expedite any treatment you require, but it may also help with your insurance claim.

Here are some common delayed car accident injuries:

PTSD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder victims tend to have misplaced situational anxiety following a traumatic event. As a result, a person may suffer depression, anxiety, or other disruptions that do not match their normal personality traits. They may develop a fear of driving, avoid specific roads, or jump at the sound of loud noises, etc.

Headaches

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Experiencing headaches a few days after an accident is fairly common. If you start to experience frequent headaches, visit your doctor as soon as possible because they can signal serious problems such as blood clots in the brain, injuries to the neck, concussions, and more.

Experiencing headaches a few days after an accident is fairly common. If you start to experience frequent headaches, visit your doctor as soon as possible because they can signal serious problems such as blood clots in the brain, injuries to the neck, concussions, and more.

Whiplash

At the scene of the accident, you may have a rush of adrenaline and fail to notice pain from whiplash. Usually associated with pain to the neck, whiplash can actually affect any neural pathway, including the spine. If you experience difficulty moving, stiffness in the arms and shoulders, dizziness, muscle spasms, numbness or weakness, you may be suffering from whiplash.

Back pain

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It usually appears after an accident and may be caused by injuries to the muscles, ligaments, or nerves down the back. Lower back pain is found in more than 50% of rear-impact collisions in which an injury was reported, and about 3 out of every 4 side-impact crashes.

Spinal nerve injuries

The impact of a car crash may cause a spinal disc to herniate or bulge out of place. Over time, this protruding disc can invade the space where your nerves are located, causing massive pain or even the loss of sensation. See your doctor if you believe you are experiencing delayed spinal nerve injuries as a result of your accident.

Changes in personality or physical abilities

If you don’t feel like you are able to process information in the same way as prior to your accident or can’t remember details that you should know, these may be signs of more complex injuries. Other common signs include impaired movement, vision or hearing problems, depression, and personality changes.

Traumatic brain injuries

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These injuries, in addition to concussions, are not obvious enough for people to self-diagnose. However, even with minimal symptoms, traumatic brain injuries can cause bleeding to the brain, memory loss, brain aneurysms, and more.

Abdominal pain or swelling

If you experience either of these conditions, see a doctor, as they may be signs of internal bleeding. Pay attention for symptoms like deep bruises that are purple, dizziness, and fainting. Although internal bleeding can remain unknown for hours or days, it can be life-threatening and should be treated immediately.