When a car accident occurs, those affected are taken on an emotional rollercoaster. When your adrenaline is at an all-time high, it can be easy to dismiss medical treatment. Furthermore, a person who suffers a minor injury in a collision may not believe it requires immediate treatment.
But in many cases, it can take hours or even days before the symptoms of an injury become crystal clear. It is imperative to understand that the full extent of an injury in a car wreck may not be apparent right away. Just because you feel fine in the immediate aftermath of a crash, doesn’t mean you are actually okay.
Concussions After a Car Accident
Concussions occur if you strike your head or your body violent jolts, causing your brain to collide with the inside of your skull with tremendous impact. Concussions are often serious and the symptoms may not show up right away. But when they do, some symptoms include blurred vision, clouded thinking, headache, nausea, memory difficulties, dizziness, lack of energy, and abnormal sleeping patterns.
Soft Tissue Injuries After a Car Accident
A soft tissue injury consists of damage to any muscles, ligaments, and tendons – besides the bones. When your body experiences a sudden jolt back and forth – similar to the motions of a car accident – this places immense stress on joints and other vulnerable areas of the body.
The most common form of soft tissue injury is “whiplash,” when the head suddenly is thrown forward then back and results in an injury to the neck muscles. Soft tissue injuries lead to pain, swelling, and reduced mobility. In many cases, these symptoms can take days or weeks to become noticeable.