Auto collisions and motor vehicle accidents can be stressful and traumatic experiences for those involved. While many physical injuries may become immediately apparent, some may not appear until days or weeks after the accident.
Knowing what delayed injuries to monitor post-accident can help those affected seek proper medical attention and treatment.
Whiplash injuries happen when a sudden movement or force strains one’s neck and spine. This can damage the soft tissue and bone in the neck. Symptoms of whiplash include pain, stiffness, muscle spasms, headaches and vision problems.
Soft tissue injuries
Other common delayed injuries include strains, bruises and sprains, which can stem from the deployment of airbags or the general force of the car collision. Symptoms of these soft tissue injuries include swelling, pain and stiffness. Those injured may notice these symptoms on any part of their body.
Traumatic brain injury
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can occur from a severe blow to the head or the brain otherwise shaking inside the skull. These injuries can result in mild to permanent damage, such as confusion, memory problems, headaches, nausea, slurred speech and more. If someone suspects they have a TBI, they should seek immediate medical attention, as a delay in care can lead to long-term complications.
Another type of potential delayed injury includes emotional or psychological trauma that can manifest as fear, depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder. Although mental issues are not outwardly apparent like physical symptoms, they can feel just as debilitating.
Those involved in auto collisions should monitor themselves for any delayed injuries for their health and to strengthen any future personal injury case.