A car crash may go beyond damaging your vehicle. You may walk away feeling fine and then discover you have an underlying injury.
It is no surprise that some accident injuries do not manifest immediately. Sometimes, your body’s chemical makeup in the wake of a crash may mask the signs of damage. Other injuries may have no visible clues they occurred. Learn more about delayed onset injuries you may face following a car crash.
What might your symptoms tell you?
Paying attention to your body in the hours and days after an accident can go a long way in catching an underlying injury. You may mistake some of the indicators for stress. However, some of the signs to keep an eye out for include:
- Worsening pain in any part of the body, especially the head
- Bruising that spreads
- Nausea or vomiting
- Numbness and tingling in the extremities
What are the most common delayed injuries?
There are quite a few injuries that may not manifest immediately. One of the most common is an internal bleed. Your midsection may sustain damage from the impact with the seatbelt or airbag, indicated only by a small bruise. If that spot spreads, it may indicate that one or more areas of your abdomen are bleeding.
A brain injury may go unnoticed if there is no outward sign that your head hit something. Your brain may slide inside the skull and bruise or bleed. A worsening headache is often the first sign that your brain is in distress. Other signs of damage to the brain or spinal cord include numbness and tingling in the extremities, motion sickness symptoms and difficulty concentrating.
In the aftermath of an accident, get checked by a healthcare provider. Doing this may catch underlying injuries before they threaten your life.