Car accidents often leave behind lots of damage. The roadway is often full of broken class, cars are mashed and mangled, and unfortunately drivers are injured. But one of the scary things about being in an auto accident is that while sometimes the damage is very obvious, there are times when it’s not. There are often delayed injury symptoms that arise long after the roads are cleared. If you’ve been in an auto accident, here is what you should know and watch for to identify these delayed injury symptoms.
If you’ve been in an auto accident, it’s a good idea to get checked out by a health care professional. There are often injuries that aren’t visible or obvious; you will have the peace of mind knowing you are healthy by consulting with a professional.
It is also a good idea to monitor how you feel closely several days and even weeks after an accident. Because some injuries can be extremely delayed, don’t discount any change in your health. Keep note of how you feel so that you have documentation and to notice any patterns.
Headaches can often be a symptom of injury following an auto accident, and may not start until a few days after your accident. A headache can be a sign of a concussion, neck injury, or even blood clot. If you have a headache that is persistent, seek medical attention.
Because of the nature of auto accidents, you may experience muscle soreness. But if your back is causing you a lot of pain you should be checked out for spine compression, fractures, or even herniated disks. You may have also injured the muscles in your back, ligaments, or nerves. Back pain can be the symptoms of many different and serious back problems, so pay close attention to back pain that may arise after an auto accident.
Neck and Shoulder Pain
Whiplash is one of the most common delayed injury symptoms after an auto accident. In fact, it takes very little speed for someone to experience whiplash after getting rear-ended. Whiplash can be a minor as muscle soreness to very serious. Watch for neck and muscle pain, but also watch for dizziness, problems hearing, or chronic neck pain which can also be symptoms of whiplash.
If you experience abdominal pain following an auto accident, even if it is delayed, it is important to seek medical attention. When damage is done to the soft-tissue inside, it is often very serious. Internal bleeding can cause headaches, dizziness, and deep bruising as well as abdominal pain. The longer it is left untreated, the more serious it is so as soon as you experience these symptoms, get help.
If you’ve been in an auto accident and experience any of these or other injuries, make sure you get the help you need to take care of your medical bill. Cockayne Law can help with any injury or accident case, including delayed injuries following an auto accident. Call for a free consultation and let Cockayne Law fight for you.