There are many different kinds of injuries that are caused by a car accident, ranging from minor scrapes to major afflictions. While many injuries are apparent directly after the accident happens, there are some that are not as obvious. You’ll feel right away if you’re bleeding or a bone is broken, but how would you identify and treat an injury you don’t know is there to begin with?
One common injury that is diagnosed after a car accident is whiplash. This is caused by a person’s neck being moved quickly back at the moment of a major collision. The symptoms for this include neck pain, stiffness, and swelling and usually don’t occur until a few hours or days after the incident. If you are experiencing frequent headaches or personality and physical dysfunction, there is a chance that you may have a concussion as well. This is caused by head trauma and also is usually diagnosed following an accident.
In more severe cases, if you feel abdominal pain, swelling, or see large and somewhat random bruises appearing, there may be some internal bleeding occurring. This should be treated immediately, but isn’t obvious on the scene of the accident. Finally, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is not uncommon among victims of a major accidents and include symptoms of vivid and disturbing nightmares and flashbacks.
All of the aforementioned injuries should be treated quickly, but diagnosis of them isn’t readily available. Therefore, it is a good idea to keep an eye out for these symptoms and consult with a doctor if you feel they are severe enough. In addition, you should consult with an attorney to help you seek recompense from the injuring party in the accident through a personal injury lawsuit. To learn about how we at the Franco Firm can serve you in this role, please call us at (813) 872-0929.