When you’re involved in a car accident, adrenaline pumps through your veins. Not only do you feel mildly invincible (in many cases), but you may also not notice you have been injured right away.
Unfortunately, even minor accidents can cause serious injuries that may even be life-threatening. Knowing some of the most common hidden injuries that can take hours or days to show up will help you know what to watch for and why seeking medical attention right away is a must.
1. Injuries to the neck
A common injury in a car accident is whiplash and can result in soft tissue damage that may not be felt right away. Prompt treatment is needed to help mitigate the long-term effects of this injury. Treatment, physical therapy, and ongoing pain management are sometimes needed to recover fully.
2. Injuries to the brain
The force of a car accident may also be strong enough to cause a concussion, which is a type of TBI (traumatic brain injury). It can be caused by something striking the head or internal damage. Concussions can occur even if an accident victim doesn’t lose consciousness.
3. Injuries to the back
Spinal injuries aren’t always immediately apparent. It’s best to assume the worst in this situation and be fully evaluated. Unfortunately, spinal injuries can worsen as time passes and eventually lead to paralysis in some situations.
Protecting yourself after a car accident
If you are involved in a car accident, it’s smart to take steps to protect yourself, which includes getting medical attention right away. Finding injuries will ensure you can receive prompt treatment and provide proof of what injuries you sustained in the accident. This can be helpful if you choose to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party.