When you’re in a car accident, one of the very first things everyone asks you is if you are okay. And while you may be ready to affirm the answer, you may want to give it a bit of time. Sometimes symptoms of injuries – even serious ones – can be delayed after an accident. Here are 7 symptoms to be aware of after your crash.
Just as they are a common symptom of many ailments, one of the most common symptoms that people experience after being in an auto vehicle crash is a headache. Luckily, most of these headaches will cease over a bit of time and remain harmless. Unfortunately though, sometimes a headache can also be a sign of a more serious injury, such as a blood clot or an injury to the brain.
- Shoulder & Neck Pain
When you are in an auto vehicle crash you likely will have experienced whiplash upon impact. This can commonly cause pain in both the shoulders and neck. Though generally normal, it is important to remain aware of any stiffness that you experience, as it could also be due to something more concerning, such as a spinal injury.
- Abdominal Pain
Often the most serious injuries are ones that cannot be seen on the outside of the body. Internal injuries, which can sometimes even be life-threatening, require immediate medical attention. That’s why if you experience any pain in your abdomen or stomach after a crash, it should not be taken lightly.
- Back Pain
Some symptoms can be indicative of a range of injuries. Back pain is one such symptom. If you begin to experience back pain in the days following an accident, it could be something as “minor” as whiplash to a soft tissue injury, or even to a more serious herniated disc. Also, should you experience tingling or numbness in your back it could be a sign of a pinched nerve.
Whiplash not only causes pain, but it can also cause numbness. When there has been an injury to the nerves or the spinal column you may feel numb. Be aware of any lack of feeling or sensation as well as any tingling in your hands and arms.
- Behavioral Changes
Motor vehicle crashes are the third most common cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the second leading cause of death from such injuries. Any changes in your personality, hearing, vision, or problems with memory can be indicative of a TBI.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, commonly referred to as PTSD, is a mental disorder that can occur after someone experiences a traumatic event. Although initially it can be difficult to notice, it can worsen over time and greatly affect your quality of life.
Freeburn Hamilton Can Help
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, due to the negligence or recklessness of another person, it can have a big impact on multiple aspects of your life. The experienced PA Car Accident Attorneys at Freeburn Hamilton can help you to receive the compensation that you deserve. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, call us at 717-777-7777 today!