No one expects to be in a car accident and certainly doesn’t think they will be injured in one. Unfortunately, most people experience a fender bender at least once in their life.
When you get in an accident, you will often see damages to your car and injuries right away. However, there can also be delayed symptoms for accident injuries that you don’t see at once. That’s why you should never ignore these symptoms that can arise even weeks after your accident.
One of the most common symptoms that show up after an accident is headaches. These can be a sign of many different issues, including whiplash, blood clots, concussion or even traumatic brain injury.
Pain in your neck or shoulder
Another sign of whiplash that typically is accompanied by headaches, neck and shoulder pain can also be a symptom of a spinal injury.
Pain in your abdomen or stomach can be a sign of internal bleeding, which is very serious. Other symptoms of bleeding are bruising, dizziness and fainting.
Numbness or tingling
Numbness, a lack of sensation, or tingling in your arms or hands can be a sign of a spine injury. Numbness can also be associated with whiplash.
Back pain can be a symptom of several injuries. These include whiplash, sprain, spinal injury, pinched nerves, soft tissue injury or a herniated disc.
Changes in behavior
Involuntary changes to your behavior or personality can be a sign of a concussion or brain injury. Along with this, look for trouble with memory, thought, movement, vision, hearing and depression.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can occur after car accidents. Emotional distress is one symptom you may experience, along with flashbacks and nightmares.
You should always see a doctor when you notice symptoms after a car accident. They could be a sign of a larger delayed injury that needs to be addressed.