Hidden Injuries After a Car Accident
Injuries are common in car accidents. According to a study by the Association for Safe International Travel, approximately 2.35 million people in the United States are injured or disabled as a result of car accidents per year. There are obvious signs of some injury: a broken bone, a cut on the face, or any number of physical attributes that indicate there is some type of injury. However, not all injuries are apparent. After a car accident, there can be injuries that are not apparent. Anyone in a collision needs to be examined by a doctor to make sure that there are not any hidden injuries that can cause temporary or permanent harm. There are a few injuries that doctors are on the lookout for in car accidents. If you have been in a car wreck, you should be examined by a doctor.
Head and Neck Injuries caused by Car Wrecks
It should be no surprise that an injury to the head or neck can be very dangerous – even life-threatening. However, not all injuries to the head or neck are blatantly obvious. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs from a “violent blow or jolt to the head or body.” In a car accident, jolts are likely to happen, but you might not be aware of it right away. It can take time for symptoms to manifest in a brain injury. Days, or even months, after the accident, you might notice that you have sudden memory loss, vision problems, dizziness, or any number of symptoms that were not apparent at the scene of the accident.
Individuals who have a concussion were unconscious during or after the accident, or any other situation in which the head or neck has been jolted should be vigilant in making sure their head and neck are examined.
An additional concern with the head and neck is whiplash. Whiplash occurs when there is a sudden forward motion of the neck where the neck then quickly snaps back into place. Whiplash can result in injuries to the spine and vertebrae, that can severely impact the health of the injured.
Internal Bleeding from Sudden Impact
Sudden impacts to a body can cause internal bleeding. There is no physical manifestation of this on the outside of the body, but internal bleeding can be deadly. A medical examination is crucial after a collision to rule out these type of injuries.
Post-Car Wreck Mental Trauma
There is a lot of focus on the physical injuries that occur after an accident. These are not the only injuries that put someone at risk. Mental health after an accident is just as important as physical health. Those who are in an accident are at risk for stress and anxiety disorders or even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The injured may feel overly anxious or stressed anytime they are behind the wheel of a vehicle. PTSD is a more intense form of mental illness, in which someone may experience flashbacks of the traumatic event or even nightmares.
If you have been involved in a car accident, Double Aught Injury Lawyers. is here to help and offers a FREE consultation. The attorneys of Double Aught Injury Lawyers are passionate about advocating for the rights of their clients. Hire an attorney you can trust so that you can focus on healing and not be overly stressed about your case.
Bryan Ramey is a Personal Injury Attorney who practices in the upstate of South Carolina. He graduated from The University of South Carolina School of Law, and has been practicing law for 27 years now. Bryan Ramey believes in representing the injured. Learn more about his experience by clicking here.