After a car accident, you may feel sore and have noticeable injuries such as burns, scrapes and more. It’s common to feel fine after an accident, though. Don’t let your initial feelings keep you from seeking medical help, however. While you may not think your accident was severe, there could be injuries hiding beneath the surface.
4 Common Hidden Car Accident Injuries & Their Symptoms
1. Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injuries, including concussions, may occur when a driver or passenger hits their head during an accident. Due to the force of an accident, even seemingly small strikes to the head can result in a brain injury.
Symptoms of traumatic brain injuries may include pain, dizziness, nausea, drowsiness, confusion, blurred vision and more.
Whiplash is perhaps the most common car accident injury. Unfortunately, whiplash may take days or a week or more to rear its ugly head. Whiplash occurs when your neck is quickly forced back and then forward, resulting in cervical strain. The symptoms of whiplash may include neck pain, upper back pain, muscle weakness or inflammation.
3. Psychological Injury
After an accident, you’re often busy with medical care, insurance and healing, taking your mind off the crash. For some, though, an accident brings about feelings of stress and depression once things settle down.
It’s possible to struggle with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well. If you experience flashbacks, nightmares, depression, loss of interest in daily activities, or difficulty remembering your accident at all, you might be dealing with PTSD or psychological distress.
4. Knee Injury
When driving a vehicle during a crash, your knees may take the brunt of the blow. Torn ligaments and severe strain of the knee are common. Symptoms may include pain, inflammation and swelling.
Always Seek Medical Attention After a Car Accident
After an accident, your adrenaline will be high, sometimes making injuries appear minor. Even if you think you’re fine, you must seek medical attention. This will help uncover any hidden injuries, as well as provide you with a starting medical record that will become important later should you decide to seek compensation for your injuries in a personal injury lawsuit.
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