Car accidents can be jarring experiences, leaving behind more than just visible scars.
While some injuries may manifest immediately, others lurk beneath the surface, revealing themselves only after some passage of time. It is important to recognize the signs of hidden internal injuries that may not be apparent right away, as early detection can significantly impact recovery.
1. Delayed onset pain
After a car accident, adrenaline can mask pain, leading individuals to believe they escaped unscathed. However, internal injuries, such as organ damage or fractures, may not present immediate discomfort. If you experience delayed onset pain, especially in the abdomen, chest or back, it could be indicative of internal trauma.
2. Abnormal bruising or swelling
External bruising and swelling are typical outcomes of accidents. However, if you notice unusual bruising or swelling in areas not directly impacted, it may suggest internal bleeding. This could be a sign of damage to blood vessels, organs or soft tissues, requiring prompt medical attention.
3. Changes in cognitive function
Traumatic brain injuries are not always apparent right after a collision. Changes in cognitive function, such as memory loss, difficulty concentrating, or mood swings, may manifest days or even weeks later. Monitoring for these signs is important for identifying potential brain injuries and seeking appropriate medical care.
4. Nausea and dizziness
While these symptoms can result from shock immediately following an accident, persistent nausea and dizziness may indicate deeper issues. Internal injuries, such as damage to the liver or spleen, can lead to these symptoms. Seeking medical evaluation is important to rule out severe complications.
While car accidents happen, with an estimated 5,250,837 across the U.S. in 2020, some result in unforeseen injuries. Seeking compensation can help cover medical expenses and provide financial support during recovery.