When you break your arm, you don’t just receive a cast and take care of the rest on your own. You’ll likely schedule follow-up appointments, need to have a medical professional remove your cast and might even schedule some physical therapy sessions. Serious injuries take time to heal.
But sometimes minor and major injuries not only take time to heal, but also take time to show up or aren’t easily noticeable. Below are three common types of delayed or internal car crash injuries:
- Whiplash-related injuries
Whiplash happens when one’s head and neck move in a quick, back and forth motion. It’s often a painful outcome of a rear-end collision. Symptoms can range from light neck or back pain that can heal with bedrest to chronic pain. It can also cause cognitive difficulties, headaches and throw off your balance. Timely intervention can help prevent a one-off event from creating a lifelong condition you have to suffer from.
- Internal bleeding
Internal bleeding on the upper or lower body can also be a result of a car accident that shakes someone up enough to hit the sides of their car or forcefully clash with their airbag. Like whiplash, internal bleeding victims can experience headaches. It can also create abdominal pain, tight or swelling leg pain and skin discoloration. Although internal bleeding can heal on their own, it’s best to have a doctor review your case. Especially since incisions might be necessary to stop severe pain or relieve pressure.
- Emotional pain
Car accidents can be traumatic. Sometimes people lose their favorite car and some people lose loved ones. The high-stress event can stay heavy on someone’s mind. They might refuse to go behind the wheel for several months after the crash or even have flashbacks of the incident, which could likely be a result of anxiety or post traumatic stress disorder. When a crash victim’s mental health declines because of an accident, it can be hard to connect what one is experiencing to the crash or notice they are suffering emotionally right after the crash. But seeing a therapist shortly after the crash can help you see if the crash has taken a mental toll on you.
These are just a sampling of the physical and emotional pain someone can endure after an accident, so it’s essential to both see a doctor immediately and track how you are feeling days and weeks after the crash. After that, a personal injury attorney can help you seek the compensation you need to take care of any medical expenses you come across.