Car accidents can range from minor fender benders to major accidents. Damage to a vehicle can be traumatic and disruptive, but, in some cases the car can be fixed. However, the same is not true for injuries to people that are caused by a car accident. Such injuries, which may not immediately be apparent, have a much greater likelihood of impacting a driver or passenger’s life in the long term.
The human body is very complex. When someone is in an accident, there may be shock and a release of adrenaline or endorphins that cause the individual to feel less pain and distress. However, later on, the injured person realizes that although they may have felt fine immediately following the crash, now there is pain and discomfort indicating an injury. It is important to seek medical care for symptoms that appear in the days or weeks following an accident.
When a collision occurs, a driver or passenger’s body, neck, and/or head may be jolted back and forth. The person’s body may impact the steering wheel, dashboard, or other parts of the car. Airbags may deploy and cause injury. Diagnostic tests, such as x-rays, will not disclose certain types of injuries, making them more likely to be overlooked by medical care providers. Seatbelts can also cause certain injuries, as they are used prevent others. Delayed or missed abdominal injuries caused by seatbelts are common as there may initially be no symptoms or pain.
Soft Tissue Injuries and Whiplash
Whiplash occurs when the impact of a collision causes the head to be thrust forward and backward suddenly. Pain and stiffness in the neck and shoulders, loss of range of motion, and dizziness, as well as headaches, are symptoms of whiplash. These symptoms require medical attention and may indicate a spinal injury requiring treatment. Joints, ligaments, and muscles may also be injured by the crash. Symptoms such as swelling and pain often do not present immediately, but rather days or weeks later. Strains, sprains, and bruises are also common injuries caused by car crashes that may not manifest immediately.
People often shrug off headaches, but if a headache occurs following an accident or intensifies in the days or weeks after a car accident, that can be a sign of a concussion or other brain injury. A brain injury can occur even if the head is not impacted in the accident. Signs of a concussion also include blurry vision, difficulty concentrating, memory problems, and insomnia.
When a person is in an accident, it is not unusual to experience extreme stress. Such stress may later intensify and affect everyday life. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a possibility and treatment is available. It is important to inform a healthcare provider if symptoms such as anxiety, depression, or personality changes are experienced in the aftermath of a car accident.
Delaware Car Accident Lawyers at McCann & Wall, LLC Fight for Those Injured in Car Accidents
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, our experienced Delaware car accident lawyers are prepared to help you. At McCann & Wall, LLC, we can assist you with obtaining compensation for your injuries. Contact us online or call our Philadelphia, Pennsylvania offices at 215-515-2236 to schedule a free consultation.