It’s important to know what to look for after a wreck because not all injury symptoms after a car accident are readily apparent. Car accidents are sudden and unexpected, which can trigger an adrenaline-laced response. Injury victims may not feel or sense their injuries in the time immediately following a car crash and unless someone has a broken bone or other obvious injuries, they may not even know they’re hurt for hours, days, or even longer.
Even more important, is that each individual is built differently and experiences physical trauma differently, so these nuances can make it even more difficult to determine if you’re hurt and how badly. This is why it’s so important to get fully checked out by a medical professional after every the accident.
What Symptoms to Look for After a Car Accident
Visible injuries to look out for right away include:
- Facial injuries
- Cuts and scrapes
- Pain in any area you’ve never felt pain before
- Broken bones
Within 24 to 48 hours after a car wreck, you may start feeling worse because of one or more of the following medical problems:
Headaches and changes in personality/behavior or physical functioning can signal a concussion occurred.
Neck or shoulder pain, numbness in the arms or hands, and stiffness can indicate a whiplash injury, which may require diagnostic testing including x-rays, CT scans, and/or MRIs.
Internal injury Symptoms:
Abdominal pain and/or swelling, as well as bruising, dizziness, and fainting can signify internal bleeding. If left undiagnosed, it can become life-threatening.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) Symptoms:
Memory loss, nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, tinnitus, hearing loss, and severe migraine-type headaches can all indicate a head injury more severe than a concussion, including a potential TBI.
Spinal cord injury (SCI) Symptoms:
Severe back pain can indicate a spinal cord injury, which is among the most severe car accident injuries and cause permanent disability.
While you can seek medical attention as long after a car accident as necessary, the sooner you see a doctor, the better. In addition to the obvious health benefits of immediately treating an injury, medical documentation linking your injuries to the car accident is some of the strongest evidence needed to support a personal injury claim if you would like to pursue compensation for your car accident injuries.
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