Recognizing Delayed Symptoms of Car Accident Injuries
A car accident can leave victims with not only visible injuries but also with hidden ailments that may not manifest themselves immediately. Just after a traumatic event, the body starts producing hormones that mask pain in order to help cope with the situation. Some injuries can take several days to become noticeable. However, they can nonetheless be severe and could become worse unless spotted and treated.
Here are some symptoms to watch for after an accident and the injuries they may indicate:
- Headaches — They could indicate a potentially grave problem such as a blood clot on the brain, injury to the neck or head, or even a severe concussion.
- Neck and shoulder pain — This is often indicative of whiplash, one of the most prevalent injuries resulting from car accidents, caused by violent front and back movement of the head and neck. Whiplash can have long-lasting effects.
- Back pain — This may arise due to injury to the muscles, ligaments, or nerves in the back, or even damage to the vertebrae.
- Abdominal pain or swelling — These could be signs of internal bleeding or organ damage. Internal injuries are often difficult to detect without proper medical examination, and delayed treatment can be life-threatening.
- Numbness — Particularly in the arms and hands, this can be a sign of whiplash injury. It could also indicate nerve or spinal cord damage.
- Behavioral changes — Car accident victims can suffer traumatic brain injuries, resulting in changes in personality or in physical function.
- Mental symptoms — Car accidents can affect mental health, causing sleep disturbances, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These mental health issues can profoundly affect a person’s quality of life.
If you experience any of these symptoms after a car accident, seek immediate medical attention. Ignoring these signs can lead to further complications and delayed recovery. Additionally, do not discuss your injuries or any other details about the accident with an insurance representative who might contact you. Instead, consult with a personal injury attorney who will work to protect your rights. A skilled attorney will negotiate with insurance companies to get you fair compensation and if necessary will pursue a legal claim in court in your behalf.
If you were in a car crash in southern California, the law firm of Pulverman & Pulverman, LLP in Santa Barbara is ready to provide legal assistance. Contact us online or call 805.259.3581 for a free initial consultation.