You’re driving and obeying all the traffic laws, when all of a sudden you are smashed into by another vehicle. You are initially shaken, but think you are unharmed. After a few days, however, you find yourself in agony and don’t really know why. If this sounds familiar, you may have experienced some delayed trauma from your car accident. Here are some of the most common injuries to watch for after a car accident.
Common Delayed Car Accident Injuries
Perhaps the most well-known of all car accident injuries, whiplash is no joking matter. The majority of whiplash injuries occur as the result of rear-end collisions at low speeds. During these collisions, the head and neck are jarred due to a rapid, back-and-forth movement of the neck. According to the Mayo Clinic, the common symptoms of whiplash include:
- Neck pain and/or stiffness
- Pain which worsens with neck movement
- Loss of range of motion of the neck
- Pain in shoulder, upper back and/or arms
- Numbness or tingling in arms
It is important to remember that whiplash injuries are serious – and may lead to chronic pain. CT scans and/or X-rays may also be required to properly diagnose whiplash.
Headaches which develop several days after an automotive crash are fairly common. Usually, these headaches will resolve themselves after a few days. If you do experience headaches, however, it is important to have them checked out by an experienced doctor, as they may signal potentially dangerous issues, such as neck pain, or head trauma – including concussion or bleeding on the brain.
Another common injury after an automotive accident is back pain. Back pain following an accident may be caused by damage to the nerves, muscles, ligaments, or the soft tissue in the back. Herniated discs and spinal cord injuries are also a major concern. According to the Back and Neck Pain Center, lower back pain occurs in more than half of rear-impact collisions, and three-quarters of side-impact collisions, where an injury was reported.
Numbness – while not an injury – is a common symptom of injuries following a car accident. Numbness is particularly common in whiplash and back injuries, as the muscles in the affected area may have been damaged. Numbness may also be a sign of something much more serious – a spinal cord injury. If you experience any numbness or tingling, it is essential that you see a doctor immediately.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is surprisingly common following a car accident. Being involved in an accident is a terrifying and traumatizing experience. Those suffering from PTSD often experience disturbing or vivid flashbacks of the accident, as well as nightmares. Also, children are much more likely to suffer from PTSD following a crash. PTSD is more likely to occur if:
- You’ve had another traumatic experience before,
- You had psychological difficulties before the crash.
- You lost a loved one in the crash.
If you or a loved one begin to experience PTSD following an accident, it is critical that you visit a doctor immediately. PTSD can take months and years of counseling to overcome and can negatively affect your life in many ways.
Being injured in a car accident is bad enough. You shouldn’t have to worry about how you’ll pay for your medical bills or car repairs while recouping from such a traumatizing event. If you find yourself injured in a crash, you need to seek dedicated legal counsel who will fight for you.
If you’re seeking an experienced and passionate car accident attorney, call The Berman Law Group right now at (800) 375-5555 for a free consultation and for an honest and thorough evaluation of your case from a member of our knowledgeable team.