Watch Out for Delayed Symptoms After an Accident
Written by Greg on May 5, 2017
Approximately 13,000 serious injury automobile accidents occur on Texas roadways annually, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. About 17,000 people suffer severe injuries in these accidents.
In many serious car accidents, drivers and passengers exhibit obvious signs of their injuries. However, individuals involved in car accidents do no always exhibit obvious symptoms of their injuries. Moreover, some people have been involved in automobile collisions and do not suffer immediate symptoms of injuries.
If you have been involved in a car accident, even one that seems minor on the surface, you need to be aware that you may have been injured, and yet will not exhibit symptoms for some time. You must seek a medical evaluation after a car accident if you think you are experiencing any symptoms of injury. There are some serious types of car accident injuries that may not exhibit symptoms until a period of time lapses.
Do Not Minimize Headaches
If you develop a headache two or three days after a car accident, you need to consider it a warning sign that you have been injured. A headache that develops after a couple of days passes from the occurrence of a car accident can be a sign of concussion, another type of head injury, neck injury (including whiplash), or even a blood clot. Recently a Houston woman was involved in a minor fender bender and developed headaches which got progressively worse and when she finally sought treatment at the hospital, she sadly never left the hospital.
If back pain develops sometime after an automobile collision, you may have sustained an injury to the muscles, ligaments, or nerves in your back. You may also suffer from injury to your vertebrae. If the pain goes into your arms or legs you should consider seeing an orthopedic doctor. Some spine injuries can not be detected by x-rays from the emergency room and require more sophisticated tests such as CT scans or an MRI to diagnose the problem.
Abdominal Swelling, Bloating, or Pain
If you find yourself suffering from swelling or bloating around your midsection, with or without accompanying pain, you may have sustained internal injuries. You may be experiencing internal bleeding as a result of these types of injuries. You may also experience dizziness and fainting. This can be a truly life-threatening situation which requires immediate medical attention.
Alterations in Physical Function, Personality, or Emotions
The symptoms of traumatic brain injury are not always readily apparent. Sometime after a car accident, if you find yourself suffering from issues with certain physical functions, if others around you note changes in your personality, if your emotions seem “out of whack,” you may have sustained a traumatic brain injury.
PTSD is a Serious Condition
Many people suffer post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, following a car accident, but may not recognize the symptoms at first. PTSD is a serious condition, and yet it can be treated. Treatment for PTSD is most effective when professional intervention occurs sooner rather than later.
Protecting Your Legal Interests
Following a car accident, consulting an experienced personal injury attorney is a wise course of action. Even if you are not exhibiting immediate symptoms of an injury, you may have sustained serious injuries in an automobile accident. Taking a proactive stance to both medical and legal issues represents the best course to ensure that your interests are fully protected after a car accident caused by someone else.