After a car accident, it is wise to see medical attention even if you don’t think you are seriously injured. Why?
Because some symptoms of an injury-a potentially serious injury-may not be noticeable in the moments after an accident. That’s because most people are in some state of shock. Adrenaline can run high and panic may set-in, causing victims to not be aware of pain.
However, refusing medical treatment after an accident may result in a serious injury being missed. Here are examples of some delayed symptoms that may appear hours or days after a car accident:
- Headaches, neck or shoulder pain: Headaches are a common symptom after a car accident that could indicate a serious injury such as a concussion, blood clot, traumatic brain injury or neck injury. Pain in the neck or shoulders could also indicate a serious injury. Whiplash occurs in many accidents and can cause these types of pain.
- Back pain: Pain in the back could indicate an injury to muscles, ligaments, tendons, discs or vertebrae. An MRI or other testing may be necessary.
- Abdominal pain: Pain in the abdominal area could indicate internal bleeding, which could be life-threatening. Abdominal pain could indicate many other types of injuries, as well.
- Numbness and tingling: While many things can cause these symptoms, it is important to get checked out by a doctor. They could indicate an injury to the neck or spinal cord.
- Changes in mood, behavior or physical function: These symptoms could indicate a brain injury. If you notice changes in personality, problems with memory, vision or hearing issues or loss of bodily function, immediately seek medical attention.
It is advisable to seek medical attention after a car accident, even if injuries seem minor.
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