Post-Car Accident Symptoms

Content Reviewer, Attorney James P. Maniscalco
Created by our team of legal writers and reviewed by James P. Maniscalco. J.D.

Car crash injuries may not always be obvious after an accident. A correlation between the severity of an accident and the injuries sustained does not always exist. Although you may think you are free from injuries, it is always important to seek medical attention after your car accident. Internal injuries, especially traumatic brain injury (TBI), usually show no immediate evidence of injury, but rather appear after some time. Without proper medical attention and documentation, it becomes more difficult to prove that any injuries you sustained resulted from your accident.

Signs of Underlying Injuries

It is recommended, despite not feeling any immediate pain after your car accident, to still be fully examined by a medical professional to assure you do not have any underlying injuries.

According to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), signs of personal injury can appear several days or even weeks after your car accident.

Common signs of underlying car crash injuries include:

  • Pain / Numbness/ Soreness of the Back
    • Muscular irritation, for example, can be one of many causes for upper and lower back pain as well as spinal pain
  • Dizziness / Migraines
    • Signs and Symptoms can include some, if not all of the following: throbbing pain, nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, flashes of light, bling spots, or tingling in the arms and legs.
  • Whiplash
    • A neck injury that may have some, if not all of the following symptoms: joint dysfunction, disc herniation, faulty movement patters, chronic pain, or cognitive and higher center dysfunction.

If you notice that you suffer from some, if not all, of these car crash injuries, seek medical attention immediately. A medical professional can keep a record of your injuries as well as your current health condition.

Document Your Injuries

A simple way to document any of your underlying car crash injuries is by using your medical record, which includes your current health status and evaluation after your accident. Take pictures of your visible injuries and record any type of pain you may suffer from.

It is also important to keep a record of the financial expenses related to your car crash injuries, including medical expenses and days you had to take off work for your recovery. The more detailed the documentation from your accident is, the better prepared you will be when the time comes to report a claim to your car insurance company.

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