There are many ways to be injured in a car accident. Some of these injuries are obvious, like broken limbs and deep cuts. Others are less obvious or even completely invisible. Unseen injuries can be just as serious as the injuries with apparent physical symptoms, and they can be more dangerous because victims might not seek medical attention because they do not think they are injured. Leaving an injury untreated—intentionally or not—increases a victim’s risk of suffering a worsened condition and requiring more extensive treatment.
Below are four categories of hidden injuries a car accident victim can suffer. Individuals involved in car accidents are advised to seek medical care promptly after their accidents, even if they do not feel that they are injured. This way, they can be sure they are not injured, but if they are, they can be given the necessary treatment.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
When the brain suffers trauma, the victim suffers a traumatic brain injury. These injuries rarely have physical symptoms, especially if the head is not penetrated in the accident. Concussions are a type of traumatic brain injury.
Symptoms of traumatic brain injuries are often behavioral and psychological. A few examples include:
Irritability or sadness
Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissues are muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Injuries to these tissues are often known as strains and sprains. Because soft tissue injuries cannot be detected with X-rays, they can go undiagnosed during an initial examination after an accident.
Symptoms of soft tissue injuries include stiffness, numbness, tingling, and spasms in the affected area. Sometimes these symptoms do not appear until hours or even a day after the accident.
One of the most common soft tissue injuries for car accident victims is whiplash. This is an injury to the muscles and other tissue in the neck when the head is violently forced forward and back. Other soft tissue injuries car accident victims can face include sprained ankles and wrists.
Like a traumatic brain injury, an internal injury does not often have immediate physical symptoms. Internal injuries can include back injuries, like herniated discs, and more serious injuries like punctures to the organs.
It is also possible for a car accident victim to suffer psychological trauma from their accident, regardless of whether they suffer a traumatic brain injury. Psychological trauma can be due to a physical injury or simply due to the stress of being involved in an accident. A victim can suffer one or more of the following types of psychological trauma:
Post traumatic stress disorder
Like other hidden injuries, this trauma is not always immediately apparent.
Delaware Car Accident Lawyers at McCann & Wall, LLC Represent Injured Car Accident VictimsIf you have been injured in a car accident, contact a Delaware car accident lawyer at McCann & Wall, LLC. To schedule an initial consultation, contact us online or call 302-888-1221.