What Are the Five Hidden Injuries to
Watch for After a Car Accident?
After a car accident, the first thing you are likely to consider is your vehicle. While it’s important to make sure that auto damage is reported for insurance purposes, it is also important to pay very close attention to your own health.
The issue with car accidents is that some injuries are not immediately apparent. It is possible to not realize you have suffered an injury until a couple of days later. What may initially seem to be small injuries or pain attributed to stress could actually be internal injuries that need immediate medical attention. Here are the top five hidden injuries to watch for...
1. Neck Pain
Pain in your neck or shoulder could actually be whiplash, which is very common after the impact of a car crash. This condition is caused by the abrupt snapping back and forth of the neck. It can do serious damage to fragile bones and the complicated muscular structure of the neck and shoulders. Neck and shoulder pain can also be a sign of something more serious, including a spinal injury.
2. Headaches and the Risk of Concussion
We tend to write off headaches as not serious because they are so common. Your immediate reaction may be to take a couple of aspirin and call your doctor in the morning, thinking that the headache is simply related to stress. But there are times when it is indicative of something far more serious.
A headache could mean that you have sustained injury to your brain, which could include a concussion. Concussions can be mild or serious depending on the extent of the injury.
3. Pain in the Back
Back pain is often attributed to sore muscles caused by stress; however, it can also be a red flag for damage to your muscles and bones.
Tingling or numbness can indicate nerve damage. Some car accident victims have reported tingling sensations extending from the back, down the arms, and into the hands.
4. Pain in the Abdomen
Abdominal pain may be the most easily ignored of all maladies that can occur, the reason being that the feelings of discomfort are very subtle and may seem unrelated to your accident. But ruptured organs can be very serious and even fatal. Your spleen, which sits right behind your rib cage, could rupture, for example. Bleeding from this vital organ can be life-threatening.
It is extremely important to be vigilant about abdominal pain when considering your injuries. This is one symptom to pay particular attention to because it may even save your life.
5. Changes in Behavior
Anyone can be a bit shaken up after a car accident. However if you or someone you love is in a wreck and starts behaving differently, it is important to investigate further.
Traumatic brain injury from car accidents is the leading cause of death for people under 45 years old, and the news isn’t much better for older people. Even mild injury to delicate brain tissue can cause slurred speech and issues with vision or hearing, behavioral changes, or memory loss that can be serious and permanent.
If you or one of your loved ones is the victim of a motor vehicle accident due to negligence on the part of another driver, it is your right to be represented by a competent law firm. The lawyers at Gibbs & Crivelli are highly experienced and here to help you navigate the complicated legal process, ensuring that you receive rightful compensation for your injuries and pain and suffering.