Hidden Injuries To Look Out For After A Car Accident

Hidden Injuries To Look Out For After A Car Accident

In this article, we will cover some hidden injuries that often occur after a car accident. These are the kinds of injuries that you may not realize that you sustained from the accident until days later – or sometimes even weeks later. 

Before we get into the specifics of these different injuries, we want to remind you that you should always seek medical treatment if you were involved in an accident. Even if you don’t think you were injured, it’s always in your best interest to get an examination by a medical professional. In many cases related to these hidden injuries, if you can catch them early, you will receive a better long-term prognosis.

Hidden Injuries To Look Out For After A Car Accident

Let’s start with brain injuries

Brain injuries can be tricky because many symptoms do not show up until well after the accident took place. Headaches, dizziness, memory loss, and sleeping issues are some of the symptoms associated with head injuries. In many cases related to car accidents, concussions and brain bleeds are some of the common injuries that often pop up later on. If there was any impact to your head, please get checked out immediately. A traumatic brain injury can cause long-term damage and it needs to be addressed by a medical professional as soon as possible. 

Soft tissue injuries

A soft tissue injury may not cause any pain until later on when a person becomes physically active. For example, you may have a torn ligament in your knee but you won’t realize it until you do some walking the next day after the accident. It usually takes an MRI to verify these types of injuries. Again, if there was impact on a certain area of your body, get it checked out right away before the injury gets worse. 

Shoulder injuries

Again, this is the type of injury that may not present itself for many days after the accident. Keep in mind, your seat belt goes over your shoulder. The impact of a car accident will often cause the seat belt to press into your shoulder area. We have seen many clients with chronic shoulder issues due to the pressure of the belt. In some cases, we have even seen ligament tears that require surgery. If you feel any shoulder pain, you need to seek medical assistance.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is fairly common in those who were part of a major car accident. For some, anxiety and restlessness may be some of the early signs that can lead to PTSD. Regardless, any kind of mental health issue should not be taken lightly. And similarly to the physical injuries that we discussed above, mental health issues may not present themselves until well after a car accident takes place. Just like you would with a physical injury, you need to seek medical treatment immediately if you have any anxiety-related mental health issues.

Contact a Committed Auto Accident Attorney Today!

If you were the victim of a car accident here in the state of Oregon, contact us today for a free case evaluation. You can also reach us directly at: 1-800-285-8678. Our team of highly skilled personal injury attorneys has over 100 years of combined experience. We will work closely with you to assess your injuries and ensure that you come away with the compensation that you deserve!

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