Common Delayed Injury Symptoms
I’m Ed Smith, a Fairfield car accident lawyer. When people think of auto accident injuries, they often think of very noticeable, immediate kinds of injuries. Fractured bones, burn injuries, lacerations, and injuries to the spinal cord are all kinds of trauma that may occur in a serious accident and are often visibly apparent.
However, car accident trauma can also leave individuals with delayed injury symptoms that can take hours and even days to become significant enough to be noticed. This blog will discuss a few of the types of injuries that can remain hidden immediately after an accident occurs.
The impact of a crash can cause blunt force trauma to a person’s body. When this happens, it is possible that an individual will rupture internal tissue without breaking the surface of the skin. That ruptured tissue can be the source of internal bleeding.
Internal bleeding is a serious condition that can be fatal if someone is not given proper medical attention in a timely manner. However, because internal bleeding is obscured to the eye, it can easily go unnoticed until injured individuals start experiencing symptoms like severe bruising, dizziness, confusion, and fainting.
Cervical sprains, commonly referred to as whiplash, are the type of injury that those involved in car accidents most frequently suffer. The quick and forceful jerking motions of an accident put a considerable amount of strain on the ligaments and muscles in the neck and sometimes the strain is great enough to cause discs located in the cervical spine to bulge.
When this happens, a variety of problems are likely to arise. Symptoms related to cervical sprain include headaches, pain, stiff muscles, and the feeling of pins and needles in the arms. It can take a while after the initial impact for symptoms to appear and they are liable to get worse with time.
If a person suffers a concussion during a car accident, they might experience a set of delayed symptoms that are caused by post-concussion syndrome. Symptoms can take days to appear. Many people suffering from a concussion don’t even know they have been injured until they start experiencing post-concussion symptoms.
The symptoms of post-concussion syndrome include anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, problems focusing, sensitivity to light, dizziness, headaches, and impaired memory abilities. If left untreated, concussions can lead to serious and lasting secondary injuries.
Blunt force trauma sustained in auto accidents is liable to increase the risk of the body forming blood clots due to large volumes of blood flowing to injured areas. Blood clots are very frequently undetected and can cause parts of the body to lose circulation, triggering a stroke or heart attack long after an accident has happened.
These delayed symptoms are some of the many reasons that it is so important to receive proper medical care after being involved in an auto accident. Even if you are unsure of how you will be able to pay for treatment, it can be crucial to get it anyway. Not seeking treatment can negatively affect your ability to claim compensation payments for your injuries.
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I’m Ed Smith, a car accident lawyer in Fairfield. The process of recovering after a crash can be difficult. If you or someone you love has been involved in a traumatic collision, call (707) 564-1900 for free and friendly advice regarding your situation. Also, Feel free to use either AutoAccident.com or (800) 404-5400 to contact me.
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