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2 car crash injuries with delayed symptoms 

On Behalf of | Dec 15, 2022 | Personal Injury |

When a car accident happens, victims with broken bones or other visible injuries are taken to the hospital for treatment. However, while most motor vehicle victims with visible injuries visit the emergency room, many more walk away after the accident without seeking medical care, usually because they don’t realize that they’ve been injured.

When you get into a car accident, your body may be flooded with adrenaline, making you feel strong enough to deal with the stressful event. Moreover, shock or injuries can trigger your body to release endorphins to soothe your pain. But this doesn’t mean you’re not injured or won’t experience pain later once the adrenaline and endorphins have worn off. Here are two injuries that often have delayed symptoms:

1. Whiplash

Whiplash is a neck injury that may result from a sudden and violent neck snap. This type of injury is common in most auto accidents but has delayed symptoms that may appear after days, weeks or months. 

Some of the common signs of whiplash include:

  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue 
  • Vision problems

2. Concussion

Simply because you didn’t pass out immediately after the car accident doesn’t mean you didn’t get a concussion. Concussions often result from force to the head or even a whiplash-type of movement. The force causes your brain to twist or bounce inside the skull and may cause injuries to brain tissues, nerves and blood vessels.

Some of the signs of a concussion include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Memory loss
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Balance problems
  • Headaches
  • Vomiting

Unfortunately, the symptoms of a concussion can be slow to be noticed, especially if you’ve sustained other injuries that are more apparent. 

Delayed injuries can be serious. Therefore, whether you feel injured or not following a car accident, it’s important that you get a thorough examination. Making decisions about what to do after an accident can be difficult, but it may be easier if you seek legal guidance.