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4 injuries that may not be apparent right after a car wreck

On Behalf of | Feb 15, 2023 | Auto Accidents

Car accidents are a common occurrence and can lead to various injuries. While some injuries are visible and immediately noticeable, others may not be apparent until hours, days or weeks after the accident. These delayed injuries can have serious consequences and require proper medical attention.

Here are some common injuries that may not be apparent immediately after an accident:

1. Whiplash

Whiplash is a common injury that occurs when the neck is suddenly forced forward and then snapped back. It is common in rear-end car accidents but can also happen in other car accidents due to impact. The symptoms of whiplash may not appear until several hours or days after the accident and can include neck pain, stiffness, headaches and dizziness.

2. Concussion

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that can occur when the head is hit or shaken violently. Symptoms of a concussion may not be immediately noticeable and can include headache, dizziness, confusion and memory problems. However, severe concussions can lead to long-term brain damage if not properly diagnosed and treated.

3. Internal injuries

Internal injuries are not visible from the outside and can be difficult to diagnose. These injuries can occur when the body is subjected to extreme force or trauma, such as in a car accident. Common internal injuries include organ damage, internal bleeding and fractured ribs. Some common symptoms of a concussion may include pain, nausea and dizziness.

4. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

PTSD is a mental health condition that you may experience after a traumatic incident such as a car accident. People with PTSD may experience anxiety, depression and a range of physical symptoms, including chronic pain and fatigue. They may also have difficulty sleeping and experience nightmares, flashbacks or intrusive thoughts related to the traumatic event.

You need to seek medical attention immediately after a car accident, even if you do not feel any immediate pain or discomfort. Delayed injuries can have serious consequences. In addition, because you may shoulder a heavy financial burden on treatment, consider seeking compensation for damages, especially if a negligent driver caused the accident.  


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