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What Invisible Injuries Can Show Up After a Crash?

On behalf of Brad Wicker of BDIW Law posted on Wednesday July 28, 2021.

Serious injuries like concussions, or even life-threatening internal bleeding, may not be obvious at the scene of the accident, but may only start to show symptoms later. Get a medical examination right after the accident even if you look and feel like your usual self.

If the police arrive at the scene of a car accident and find that the people involved are bleeding or unconscious, they will know that calling an ambulance is the only responsible thing to do. Some invisible injuries can be just as serious, however. Some injuries that result from car accidents do not show symptoms until several hours or several days later, and once the symptoms begin, they can be debilitating and long-lasting, or even fatal. In many cases, getting diagnosed and beginning treatment before symptoms begin is the best way to prevent disastrous outcomes. Even if you do not think you are seriously injured, you should visit your doctor or a hospital emergency room after a car crash. Soon after that, you should contact an Oklahoma City car accident lawyer.

Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries

Concussions and traumatic brain injuries are the same injury; we just call the mildest ones concussions to make them sound less scary. Both of them can cause headaches, problems with vision, balance, memory, and concentration, and mood changes such as depression; these symptoms can last a long time. The earliest symptoms, such as headache, dizziness, and light sensitivity, usually start several hours after the accident.

Internal Bleeding

Even if you do not have visible injuries, the doctors in the emergency room should examine you for internal bleeding. The sooner they can stop the bleeding, the greater the chances that you will make a full recovery.

Whiplash Injury

Whiplash injury is a traumatic injury to the muscles of the neck and back when a car accident causes your upper body to jolt forward and then back. It is not visible on X-rays or by external visual examination, but it can be painful, and the pain usually does not begin until several days after the accident. If you have whiplash injury, you might need physical therapy to treat the pain, stiffness, and weakness in your neck or upper back.

Mental Health Symptoms

Any car accident that causes physical trauma also causes emotional trauma, and a car accident that results in serious physical injuries might also be harmful enough to your mental health to make you require treatment by a psychiatrist or mental health counselor.

If you have suffered invisible injuries in a car accident, a car accident lawyer can help you recover damages for your medical bills and other financial losses you suffered because of the accident.

Contact BDIW Law About Invisible Injuries Resulting from Car Accidents

No matter what kind of injuries resulted from your car accident, a personal injury lawyer can help you recover your accident-related losses. Contact BDIW Law in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma or call (405) 886-9660.