It is unfortunately all too common for drivers who are involved in car accidents to assume that if they do not seem to be injured immediately, they are okay. This is not always true. In some cases, a person has adrenaline running through them so strongly that they do not realize they are injured. In other instances, particularly those involving soft tissue injury, the swelling and inflammation may not be immediately apparent.
Keep reading to learn about some of the most common injuries that do not show up right away. Then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 602-340-0030 if you have been injured in a car accident and need legal advice.
Even an accident in which both drivers are driving slowly can cause whiplash injuries. Essentially, a whiplash injury can happen anytime a driver or passenger comes to a sudden stop, or they are moved around in a vehicle due to an accident. Either of these actions puts a lot of stress on the joints, and can result in strained and torn ligaments and muscles. When this type of injury happens to the neck, it is known as whiplash.
It is common for a person who has a whiplash injury to not be able to move around normally or walk in a normal way. They may have severe pain all throughout their neck, including their muscles, nerves, and tendons. In some cases, the full extent of this type of injury may not be known for days or even weeks after the accident took place.
Brian injuries, such as concussions, are not always clear after accidents either. If you hit your head, it is possible for your brain to hit the inside of your skull with force. If this happens, a concussion can happen. This is a very serious injury, as is any injury that involves the brain. Like a whiplash injury, a brain injury may not be obvious for days or even weeks after the accident.
Some symptoms of brain injuries are very noticeable, such as the injured person being disoriented, but in other cases they can be subtler, such as when they present as headaches. Common symptoms of concussions including blurred vision, dizziness, nausea, an inability to concentrate, changes in sleeping patterns, and fatigue.
It is Smart to Go to the Doctor After Any Car Accident
If you have been in a car accident then it is wise to go to the doctor. They can check your for symptoms you may not realize you have. They can assess you for risk factors and assure that you are safe. We also recommend that anyone injured in a car accident in Arizona calls a personal injury attorney for a free legal consultation. You can consult with The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker by calling 602-340-0030.