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Hidden injuries that may surface after a car accident

On Behalf of | May 31, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Car accidents can cause a range of injuries, some of which may not be immediately apparent. Recognizing these delayed injuries is crucial for receiving timely treatment and ensuring fair compensation.

Common delayed-onset injuries

Some of the most common delayed-onset injuries include:

  • Whiplash: This neck injury often results from the sudden impact of a collision. Symptoms such as neck pain, stiffness, and headaches can develop days after the accident.
  • Concussions: Brain injuries may not show symptoms immediately. Signs like dizziness, headaches, confusion, and memory problems might appear hours or days later.
  • Internal injuries: Damage to internal organs may not cause immediate pain but can become life-threatening. Symptoms like abdominal pain, dizziness, or deep bruising should not be ignored.
  • Soft tissue injuries: Sprains, strains, and tears in muscles, ligaments, and tendons may take time to cause noticeable pain and swelling.

Recognizing the signs

Delayed injuries happen for various reasons, including the body’s adrenaline response during a crash, which can mask pain initially. Additionally, some injuries simply take time to develop due to the nature of the trauma inflicted.

Persistent or worsening pain, swelling or bruising that develops after the initial impact, and numbness or tingling in extremities could all signal underlying issues.

Changes in cognitive function or mood can be signs of a concussion or other brain injury. Difficulty breathing or chest pain requires immediate medical attention, as it may indicate internal injuries or other serious conditions.

Steps to take after a car accident

Taking certain steps after a car accident can help protect your health and legal rights. Seek immediate medical evaluation, even if you feel fine. Document your symptoms and keep a detailed record of any that arise after the accident. Follow up with healthcare providers to monitor any delayed-onset injuries.