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Watch out for delayed injuries following a car crash

On Behalf of | Jun 27, 2022 | Car Accidents |

A car crash in St. Petersburg can leave you shook up both mentally and physically. Once the initial dust has settled, you may feel okay and think you were lucky not to be injured. However, some injuries you should be aware of do not manifest themselves until days following the car crash.

Injuries to look out for following a car crash

In the days following a car crash, you may develop a headache. This can be indicative of several serious injuries, such as blood clots, neck injuries, head injuries and concussions.

If you find you cannot think clearly or your personality has changed following a car crash, it could be a sign that you have suffered a traumatic brain injury in the crash. Motor vehicle accidents are a common cause of traumatic brain injuries in the U.S.

Did you suffer whiplash? Oftentimes the symptoms of whiplash such as neck pain and shoulder stiffness do not manifest themselves immediately following a collision. Even a slow-moving collision can result in whiplash injuries.

Back injuries often do not make themselves known until days after a crash. If you develop back pain, it may be because your muscles, ligaments, nerves or spine were injured in the crash. Back pain is often caused by rear-end crashes and side-impact collisions.

If, in the days following a car crash, your hands and arms become numb it can also signal that you have suffered injuries to your neck or spine. Such injures can often happen if you were rear-ended by another driver.

Internal bleeding is not always immediately apparent after a car accident. If in the days following a crash you develop abdominal pain or swelling, dark bruises or light-headedness if could be due to internal bleeding. Internal bleeding can be deadly, so it is important to seek medical care if you suspect you have suffered this injury.

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common injury that many overlook. If you have PTSD you may have vivid and frightening memories of the crash, have flashbacks of the crash and you could also experience nightmares.

Take care of your medical needs

If, following a car crash you develop any of these symptoms, you will want to seek medical help. Even if you think you were not injured in the crash, you may still want to see a doctor, just to make sure there are no latent or hidden injuries. The quicker you get medical care, the sooner you can be back on your feet.