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.
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.
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.
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.