Nobody is truly prepared for a car accident. The aftermath can you leave you confused and disoriented—even if it was just a minor fender-bender. While you may be feeling fine after a crash, chances are you could be suffering from hidden injuries.
While you may be focusing on getting your car repaired or replaced, your body may be suffering from physical trauma. You may be ignoring symptoms that warrant medical attention. By delaying a visit to the doctor, you are setting up your case for failure. That’s why it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible after a car accident, even if you seem to be OK.
Some medical conditions take weeks or even months to cause pain and other symptoms. By then, your case could be negatively impacted. You may not get the financial compensation you need to pay medical bills. Read on to learn more about common hidden injuries after a crash.
Neck or Shoulder Pain
Pain in the neck or shoulders is a common symptom of whiplash. Rear-end collisions can cause whiplash, even ones at low speeds. While whiplash appears to be the classic car accident injury, it should not be overlooked. Some cases can be serious, especially if you have a herniated disc, which can cause severe pain, swelling, and numbness.
Be wary of any headaches you may experience in the days following a crash. While a headache may seem minor to you, it can actually be a sign of a blood clot, neck injury, concussion or even a traumatic brain injury.
Back pain is common in side-impact and rear-end accidents. This is because the impact from the crash can cause damage to the nerves, muscles, ligaments and even the vertebrae. Back pain does not always go away on its own, so get prompt treatment.
You may attribute any stomach pain after a crash to stress, but it could actually be something more severe. If you feel dizzy or faint after the accident, or experience bruising on your stomach, you may be suffering from internal bleeding. It is a serious condition and if left untreated for days, you could die. That’s why you should always see a doctor as soon as possible following an accident.
Changes in Personality
While physical injuries are the most common, you should be wary of psychological impacts as well. If you are experiencing sudden depression, PTSD, memory problems, difficulty concentrating or other psychological problems, you may have a traumatic brain injury. In fact, car crashes are one of the most common causes of brain injuries.
Get Hurt? Get Gary!
After an accident, the adrenaline is often pumping through the body. As such, you might be injured and not even know it. That’s why prompt medical attention after a crash is very important.
The Falkowitz Law Firm can assist you through the process and help you get the treatment you need. We can help you achieve full financial and physical recovery. We offer free consultations and are available 24/7, so contact our office today at 844-GET-GARY.
Gary P. Falkowitz is the Managing Partner and Founding Attorney of the Falkowitz Law Firm PLLC‚ one of the premiere personal injury law firms in New York. Gary received his J.D., in 2005 from St. John’s University School of Law and served as an Assistant District Attorney with the Kings County District Attorney’s Office.