Car accidents are often associated with visible injuries, but there are several hidden injuries that victims may suffer from, sometimes without even realizing it immediately.
These injuries can be deceptive, as they may not exhibit symptoms right away but can lead to long-term complications if left untreated.
Whiplash is one of the most common hidden injuries resulting from car accidents, particularly rear-end collisions. It occurs when the neck is suddenly jerked backward and then forward, causing strain on the muscles and ligaments. Symptoms may include neck pain, stiffness, headaches and dizziness. While some individuals recover from whiplash relatively quickly, others may experience chronic pain and limited mobility if not addressed promptly.
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that can occur when the head is violently shaken or jolted during a car accident. Symptoms may vary from person to person but can include headaches, confusion, dizziness, nausea and sensitivity to light and noise. Concussions can potentially lead to long-term cognitive impairments or post-concussion syndrome.
3. Internal injuries
Internal injuries, such as bruised organs or internal bleeding, are not always apparent immediately following a car accident. However, they can pose serious risks to a person’s health. Symptoms may include abdominal pain, swelling, dizziness, fainting or signs of shock. Internal injuries require prompt medical attention to prevent complications such as organ failure or hemorrhage.
4. Spinal cord injuries
Spinal cord injuries can result from the sudden impact of a car accident, leading to damage or compression of the spinal cord. Symptoms may include numbness, tingling, weakness or loss of function in the limbs. Motor vehicle accidents are the cause of 37.6% of spinal cord injuries.
Seeking medical attention promptly and addressing both physical and psychological injuries after an accident is important for a full recovery and long-term well-being.