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Injury symptoms can be delayed

On Behalf of | Dec 7, 2023 | Personal Injury Law

Some people walk away from a car crash with little more than a scratch, while others aren’t so lucky. Thousands of people suffer severe injuries after road traffic collisions. The tricky thing about some of these injuries is that the symptoms don’t always present themselves immediately.

Outlined below are some severe injuries that may have delayed symptoms.

Back injuries

After a collision, people tend to be adrenalized. This means that they may have a higher pain threshold than usual. A back injury might not be immediately noticeable after a crash. Often, sufferers will head home and only begin to realize that something is wrong once they sit down or go to bed.

Not all back injuries are serious but they certainly can be. Any damage to the spine could potentially be life-changing. Tingling, numbness, stiffness and sharp pain are all symptoms that someone involved in a car crash should look out for, even days or weeks after the incident.

Head injuries

Severe head injuries often show themselves externally, through large cuts and bleeding. Nonetheless, this isn’t always the case. Head injuries can also be internal. An individual may think they are ok if there are no external cuts or bruises. Nonetheless, there could be bleeding occurring inside the skull and the brain may be under immense pressure.

Symptoms, such as dizziness, nausea, headaches, vertigo, personality changes can be delayed. It may take several days for the symptoms to really kick in.

Delayed symptoms are just one reason why it’s so important to seek medical attention immediately after a crash. Scans could pick up on injuries before symptoms even begin. If your injuries were caused by someone else’s negligence, be sure to look into your legal options.