Many people experience serious injuries after a vehicle accident. While your seatbelt and airbag may have prevented most of your issues in a crash, causing you to believe you were uninjured, there may still be underlying medical problems.
After a car accident, you should watch for these five issues:
1. Back injuries
Back injuries can occur during a car accident. The sudden impact of a car could have caused back issues that aren’t immediately noticeable. You may begin to feel discomfort in your back which could be the result of delayed swelling or bruising after a crash.
2. Head trauma
While you may leave a car accident with some dizziness, a headache or a bruise, at the time it didn’t seem serious. Continuous vision problems or migraine, after a crash, could be a sign that there were injuries to the brain. Car crashes could cause internal bleeding in the brain or cause a concussion.
Whiplash is a serious problem that may happen in a car accident. You may experience a sudden back-and-forth movement in a crash, causing whiplash. It could take weeks before the symptoms of whiplash become relevant. Whiplash may cause hidden neck and head injuries.
4. Spinal cord injuries
The spine can be seriously impacted after a car accident. There may not be immediate signs of trauma to the spine, but you could slowly develop paralysis or nerve damage from a crash as swelling develops. Spinal damage can be a threat to a person’s livelihood.
5. Post-traumatic stress disorder
While many people believe car accidents only cause physical damage, there may be physiological damage also. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental condition that could damage someone’s psyche. PTSD may prevent a person from driving or leaving the house after an accident – which could lead to depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and other mental issues.
If you’re experiencing health concerns after a car accident, you may need to reach out for legal support to recover from your medical bills and other losses.