Being involved in a vehicular accident is a terrifying experience, no matter how minor the damages are. It’s important to remember that everyone reacts differently to a crash. While some only experience mental fog, others may find that their mind is completely flooded by thoughts and concerns. However beyond the emotional trauma of being involved in a car crash, sometimes there is physical toll also. Because serious physical issues might not present any symptoms for several days or even weeks, it’s important to pay attention to your body and, as always, have a team of legal professionals on your side.
If you have been involved in a rear end collision, you may not know what physical symptoms you need to look out for, and what to do if you manifest those symptoms. Read on to learn exactly what you need to know.
5 Whiplash Injury Symptoms
It may take several days for headaches to develop following a rear end collision. Although headaches are common, they can sometimes signal a serious problem such as a blood clot, neck injury, or concussion. See a medical professional immediately if these symptoms appear and persist after an accident.
2. Stiffness or pain in the neck or shoulders
Whiplash is one of the most common delayed symptoms following a rear end collision. In fact, most patients who experience whiplash are involved in collisions at speeds of less than 14 miles per hour. Whiplash injuries can be serious and may require extensive testing such as CT scans, MRIs, and x-rays.
3. Back pain
Back pain often occurs when there is an injury to the muscles, nerves, or ligaments in the back. Sometimes, there may be damage to the vertebrae also.
4. Abdominal pain or swelling
Abdominal pain or swelling can indicate internal bleeding. These symptoms can be accompanied by dizziness, fainting, and deep bruising.
5. Personality changes and PTSD
Personality changes are serious and can signal a traumatic brain injury resulting from a concussion. Watch out for impaired thinking or memory, vision problems, hearing problems, and depression. PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is common after being involved in an accident. PTSD victims may experience nightmares and disturbing memories of the event.
Contact the New Port Richey Car Accidents Lawyers at Laporte, Mulligan & Werner-Watkins
If you or a loved one were involved in a car accident, we recommend seeking immediate medical attention. If any of these symptoms appear within a few days of the accident, visit a doctor and contact the professionals at Laporte, Mulligan & Werner-Watkins. Being in a car accident is one of the most stressful experiences anyone can face, so be sure you have a team of legal experts to guide you through this trying time and garner you the compensation you deserve.