3 Hidden Injuries You Could Suffer After An Auto Accident

Thousands of car accidents occur yearly across the United States. They can leave those involved with a wide variety of injuries, some more visible than others. Injuries such as wounds, soreness, sprains, and broken bones can be easily spotted. However, those are not the only injuries or conditions that can arise. Here are three hidden injuries you should look out for after a car crash.

Brain Trauma

If your head collides with something during a car accident, you’re at risk of experiencing brain trauma. Brain injuries are typically not noticeable until a few days, weeks, or even months following a car accident. Because of this, brain injuries are near impossible to report on your first visit to the emergency room after the accident.

In order to detect a brain injury, watch out for signs such as constant headaches, forgetfulness, unusual aggressiveness, and mood swings. If you notice any of those symptoms, it doesn’t matter if you notice a subtle change or a drastic one—see a neurologist as soon as possible.

Muscle Trauma

Much like brain trauma, it could take weeks for symptoms of muscle trauma to be noticeable. They will not show up in your initial X-rays once the paramedics take you to the emergency room. If you experienced a sudden jolt during a car accident, it’s possible for you to experience muscle trauma because your body is not built to withstand heavy impact.

Whether or not your body struck against something during the accident, sudden jolts alone can injure your muscles. If you’re feeling excessively sore anywhere in your body, make it a point to visit your doctor the next day to get it checked. Do not wait for the injury to worsen; have it checked immediately in order to receive the treatment you need.

Psychological Trauma

It is completely normal to experience psychological trauma following a car accident. No matter how big or small the accident was, it is possible and valid to feel signs of trauma. If you are taken to the emergency room directly after the accident, it is likely that you will be too shocked to detect or declare any sort of psychological trauma symptoms.

Signs of trauma could begin with not wanting to step inside a car, not wanting to leave the house, severe mood swings, loss of appetite, and feelings of guilt. If you begin to feel out of the ordinary or find it difficult to return to your regular routine after the accident, see a psychiatrist as soon as you can.

If you’re worried about being unable to afford treatment for psychological trauma, your insurance company should be able to cover it partially or fully. If your insurance company refuses to do so, consult an auto accident attorney to know what you can do about it.

It’s important to be vigilant when it comes to your physical and mental well-being after a car crash. The effects of an auto accident can be long-lasting, and it can adversely affect your life if left untreated or unchecked.

If you have been involved in a car accident and have suffered any sort of injury, you may be owed compensation. Justice Pays is a personal injury law firm that is dedicated to getting clients what they rightfully deserve. Contact us today to discover the legal options available to you.


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