If you’ve ever been involved in a car accident you know how distressing they can be, and you’re not alone. In fact, in 2017 there was a car accident in Alabama every 200 seconds. Unless you were in a minor fender bender, you will have a lot to deal with in the upcoming weeks after your accident. You’ll need to file a police report, talk with an insurer, and find a way to get to and from work while your car is in the shop. But before thinking about the immediate problems, you need to make sure you weren’t injured.
Oftentimes, car accidents leave people with a surge of adrenaline, which can mask pain associated with the accident. You may feel like you’re good to go, but your body might be trying to tell you otherwise. Sometimes, after an accident, the pain won’t show up for days. At this point, it could be too late to file a personal injury claim.
What We Know About Delayed Injuries
If you were involved in a car accident, don’t assume you weren’t injured. You need to visit a doctor immediately following the accident so that you can get a professional medical opinion. Doctors can detect delayed injuries that you might not notice. Insurance companies also require a doctor’s report for legal purposes.
Let’s look at a few serious delayed injuries that you might not notice.
If your head is jolted back and forth during an accident, you may develop whiplash. Since adrenaline will likely mask the pain, you probably won’t feel headaches, neck pain, or neck stiffness until after a day or two. In some cases, whiplash can be severe.
Your brain is a delicate organ in your body, and like most delicate organs, it’s hidden out of plain sight. If you sustain a brain injury in a car accident, it can be traumatic. If you experience memory loss, headaches, moodiness, slurred speech, or sleep problems––seek medical treatment immediately.
Soft Tissue Damage
Soft tissue damage can dramatically impact the way you go about your daily routines. If you have soft tissue damage, you will need an MRI to rule out any related complications. Soft tissue damage can cause soreness, loss of motion, and worsening pain.
Like your brain, your other internal organs are not visible, so it’s hard to know when something might be wrong. Internal bleeding needs to be acted on fast to prevent long-term complications and even death. If you experience loss of consciousness, dizziness, purple discoloration of the skin, or abdominal pain and swelling, seek medical help immediately.
Look Out for These Symptoms After a Car Accident
Even if you don’t feel pain right away, you need to monitor any new or existing symptoms in the days following a car accident. These include:
- Headaches. This could be a sign of a blood clot, neck injury, or concussion.
- Personality changes or mood swings. Impaired thinking and depression can set in following a traumatic brain injury.
- PTSD. Post-traumatic stress disorder can cause you to reimagine a traumatic event and present itself with nightmares, flashbacks, and insomnia.
- Numbness or tingling. This can happen from damage to the neck or spinal cord and can result in tingling in the arms and legs.
- Abdominal pain. This may present itself with internal bleeding.
Call Wettermark Keith for Help With Delayed Injuries in Your Car Accident Case
A car accident can quite literally turn your world upside down. Many of the injuries we discussed can result in long recovery periods, meaning that getting medical help right away is crucial for the integrity of your personal injury case and your overall well being.
If you were injured in a car accident, you need a lawyer you can trust to handle your case for you. At Wettermark Keith, we founded our law firm with one simple goal––to help people injured by the wrongful conduct of others. Call us today, and we’ll take care of the rest.