Car accidents have the potential to significantly affect your health, regardless of their severity. Even minor fender-benders can result in nagging injuries that can take months or even years to recover from. However, it can often be tough to pinpoint any indications of a serious injury—especially in the chaotic aftermath of the collision. How do you know you’re okay after an accident, and how can you be sure you haven’t suffered serious injuries?
Common “Hidden” Car Accident Injuries
It is important to note that even a small car accident can produce enough force to cause significant harm to the driver and all passengers of a vehicle. Some injuries may not be immediately apparent due to the circumstances. These include:
Soft tissue injuries such as bumps and bruises
Whiplash: neck, head, and shoulder pain caused by the sudden jerking motion of an impact
Any internal injuries in serious accidents
Tinnitus due to the loud noises in the impact
A concussion from your head impacting the steering wheel or the side windshield
Any other lasting psychological or emotional damage
Why Should I See a Doctor as Soon as Possible?
It is always recommended to consult a doctor if you have been in a car accident with some sort of impact. Bumps, bruises, and even fractures may not be immediately apparent immediately following an accident. The adrenaline rush of an accident puts us in a heightened state that tricks our brain into “ignoring” pain signals.
It is usually when that adrenaline wears off that many people begin to feel the full extent of their injuries. However, it can take anywhere from hours or even days for symptoms to become fully present.
A medical professional can undergo a comprehensive examination of your body to ensure you don’t have any serious injuries that may require additional medical attention – essentially diagnosing your pain before you even feel it.
Signs of Emotional Distress After a Car Crash
It is also important to note the emotional, psychological effects of a car accident. Crashes can be traumatic experiences for everyone: the passengers may be profoundly affected by the sudden vulnerability, while the driver may hold onto the overwhelming burden of responsibility for everybody’s injuries.
If any of these signs of psychological and emotional distress persist following a car crash, seek medical help immediately:
Issues with concentration
Depression and anxiety
Difficulty controlling your emotions
Loss of interest in things you previously enjoyed
Lack of motivation
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be a crippling result of a serious car crash, and it can affect everyone involved in a car accident—regardless of the severity of their injuries. It is important that we take psychological and emotional impacts as seriously as physical ailments. They impact our quality of life as much as physical injuries—and some may argue that psychological and emotional damage may take longer to recover from as well.
What If My Injuries Show Up Later?
If any injuries or pain show up days or even weeks following an accident, seek medical help immediately. There may be medical issues that have developed further or worsened due to the lack of medical attention. For example, many may dismiss some forms of back pain as a bruise or whiplash suffered during the accident. However, if that proceeds to numbness, tingling, and lack of feeling in your extremities, it may indicate a more serious issue like a spinal cord injury or fracture.
Additionally, any signs of dizziness, light-headedness, or headaches should not be ignored. They can be signs of more serious delayed injuries such as concussions and traumatic brain injuries.
Wondering the Worth of Your Personal Injury Case?
After a personal injury accident, your top priority should be recovering. Not trying to figure out which damages you may be eligible for and determining the value of your claim on your own. Consult a Texas personal injury lawyer from Begum Law Group.
To find out how much your personal injury claim is worth, contact The Law Giant right away. You can count on us to investigate your situation and ensure you secure the fair compensation you deserve. With our personal injury offices in Brownsville, Laredo, McAllen, and San Antonio, you can be assured that we can help you and your case no matter where you are in Texas. To schedule a free, initial evaluation of your case, contact The Law Giant today today at (866) 523-4167.