Auto Accidents Can Leave You with These 3 Non-Visible Injuries
When you think about a car wreck, the first pictures that come to mind are gory wounds and blood everywhere. While it’s very likely that there will be bloodshed, you may also be the victim of some ‘invisible’ injuries.
These are injuries that aren’t as apparent as bloody wounds because they do not exhibit any symptoms on the outside. However, they are injuries, and they tend to develop insidious symptoms. And you start noticing them only a few days or weeks after the auto accident.
Common Auto Accident Non-Visible Injuries
Here are some of the common non-visible injuries you may develop after a collision or crash.
1. PTSD or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
PTSD can occur after any traumatic experience, including auto accidents, mostly if it was a severe accident.
The typical symptoms you may notice if you have PTSD are distressing thoughts, insomnia, extreme anxiety, headaches, and recurring dreams.
There may also be flashbacks, some immense psychological distress, and you may subconsciously tend to avoid similar situations like the inflicted trauma.
These symptoms do not usually appear immediately after the car accident. You may slowly start noticing them about a few weeks or months after the accident.
So basically, PTSD is more an emotional injury and not a physical one. However, it still is an injury inflicted by accident and requires medical attention.
Sometimes there may not be any PTSD after an accident, especially after minor accidents. However, no matter what type of accident it may have been, minor or major, an accident is always stressful to those involved in it.
The stress may make it difficult for you to focus on your work, which is why a medical diagnosis and treatment can help.
Whiplash occurs when the car abruptly stops, and the impact suddenly forces your head and neck backward and forwards. It is also known as cervical acceleration-deceleration (CAD) syndrome.
The impact and movement stress your cervical spine or bone in the neck. It, in turn, leaves you with lots of symptoms like restricted movement, swelling, and pain.
Most of the time, these symptoms quickly subside with an ice pack and anti-inflammatory medication.
However, there are cases where there may be exhilarating neck, shoulder, and upper back pain. Some victims also suffer complications of headaches and other complications like pinched nerves, shoulder injuries, and concussions.
Talking about concussions, they are another invisible auto accident injury.
Concussions may at first seem to be minor without any symptoms except for a bump on the head.
However, sometimes it gets worse with time and even gets debilitating.
Some common symptoms you can expect are headaches, loss of consciousness, speech changes, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and appearing dazed and fatigue.
You may even experience difficulty in concentrating, some noticeable personality changes, light and noise sensitivity, irritability, and sleep disturbances.
Do Not Waste Time-Consult Your Doctor
There are so many threatening invisible injuries that may occur after an auto accident. That is why you must seek medical care even if you cannot see any wounds, and feel ‘just a bit sore.’
You will never know the extent of damage inflicted by accident without a physical examination.
A qualified doctor will examine you and reveal any physical, emotional, or mental injuries sustained in the accident. These injuries need quick and proper treatment to prevent this from getting worse with time.
The treatment will cost money.
So keep the bills and then seek a Glendale personal injury attorney’s help in filing a claim for your rightfully deserved compensation.