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Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore After an Accident

Symptoms You Shouldn't Ignore After an Accident

Immediately after a motor vehicle accident, everyone involved should be seen by a doctor. No matter how minor, accidents can create life-long injuries that must be taken care of. Even after seeing a doctor, injuries not originally spotted can still surface. Below are the top symptoms that you should watch for after an accident.

  • Headaches

Post-traumatic headaches are the most common injury that occurs after an accident. Adrenaline and shock can cause headaches, but in more severe cases, they can indicate sustained injuries such as a blood clot, concussion, other brain injuries, or whiplash.

  • Back, Shoulder, or Neck Pain

These pains are expected in response to the neck and head being suddenly forced back then forward (whiplash). Other potential injuries displayed with this symptom could be a spinal cord injury, soft tissue injury, herniated disk, or sprain.

  • Bruising and Numbness

In all cases, bruising, numbness, and tingling may occur if someone suffered a herniated disc or pinched nerve after an accident. If it is not checked out immediately, the injury could worsen and cause permanent damage.

  • Abdominal Pain

Stomach pain after an accident can be a clear sign of having internal bleeding or an injury. The stomach has a soft tissue lining creating a higher chance of being injured during a collision.

  • Emotional Distress

After an accident, many people experience driving anxiety, but approximately 9% develop post-traumatic stress disorder. Watching for mood swings and behavioral changes after a car accident can determine if an injury has occurred. Extreme cases can also help indicate a potential brain injury.