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Understanding delayed injuries: Hidden effects of car accidents

by | Jun 29, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

When you are in a car accident, your immediate focus is often on visible injuries and damages. However, some injuries may not show up right away. These delayed injuries can be deceptive and need prompt medical attention.
Whiplash

One of the most common delayed injuries resulting from car accidents is whiplash. Symptoms may not appear until several hours or even days after the accident. Signs to watch out for include neck pain, stiffness, headaches, dizziness and restricted movement. Seek medical attention as soon as possible for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Internal injuries
Car accidents can cause internal injuries that are not immediately clear. These injuries can include internal bleeding, organ damage or injuries to the soft tissues. Pay attention to symptoms such as abdominal pain, swelling, dizziness, fainting or changes in bowel movements.
Concussions
Symptoms of a concussion can range from mild to severe and may include headaches, dizziness, confusion, memory loss, mood changes and sensitivity to light or noise. Watch any changes in cognitive function and seek medical evaluation if you suspect a concussion.
Emotional and psychological trauma
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety, depression and other psychological issues may not show up until weeks or months after the accident. Symptoms can include flashbacks, nightmares, irritability, sleep disturbances and difficulty concentrating. Getting help from a mental health expert can provide the necessary support and guidance for recovery. By recognizing the potential for injuries that do not immediately show up, you can take the necessary steps to seek medical attention and ensure proper care. Your health should always be a priority and getting medical treatment as soon as possible can put you on the road to recovery.