Hidden injuries after an auto accident

On Behalf of | Mar 27, 2020 | Firm News

You got in a car wreck weeks ago and thought you were okay. However, now you are suffering mysterious symptoms. Could they be results of the accident? 

Some ailments may not be apparent right away. If these conditions are serious, you may be facing prolonged rehabilitation, ongoing medical expenses and extended periods of time away from work. Do not let financial concerns stop you from getting the care you need. You and your family should not have to suffer needlessly due to someone else’s negligence. Here are some potential signs of crash-related injuries and when to seek help. 

Back injuries 

If you were rear-ended, you may experience whiplash. Headaches and a sore neck are the most common symptoms. Whiplash can also cause dizziness, blurred vision and depression. Having your car struck at any angle can lead to serious spinal cord injuries. Such injuries may not be noticeable right away, as bleeding or swelling along the spine may occur gradually and worsen over time. If you experience severe muscle spasms or loss of bladder control, get checked immediately. 

Brain trauma 

High-speed wrecks and rollovers sometimes result in brain injuries. If your head hits the steering wheel, the windshield or a side window, you may have bruises or gashes. However, even if you see no outward signs of trauma, the crash may still affect your brain. Traumatic brain injury may cause impaired memory or difficulty concentrating. You may also have trouble communicating or notice changes to your personality. A specialist should be able to reach an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. 

Mental and emotional distress 

It is normal to respond to a car accident with shock, disbelief and anger. However, sometimes the mental or emotional anguish is so extreme that it disrupts your life. You may find yourself unable to sleep or you may wake with recurring nightmares. You may be unable to function due to constant anxiety. These are signs of post-traumatic stress, a condition that you should address. Mental health professionals may be able to help.