Sudden accidents can trigger an adrenaline spike that camouflages your pain and the full extent of your injuries. You may walk away from a car accident with minor aches, only to have bruising and waves of nausea, dizziness, and pain strike hours later. What’s more, you may have any one of a number of “invisible injuries” that are not immediately apparent to you or someone treating you. In this blog post, we will discuss three hidden injuries to watch out for after a car accident.
Organ damage: Internal injuries are often the most difficult injuries to deal with after a crash. Their effect can be traumatic. Some of the most common internal injuries include broken and fractured ribs, punctured lungs, internal bruising, etc. Your liver and kidneys are also susceptible to injury in a car crash because neither organ is protected by bones. Kidney damage is common in traffic accidents and can leave you with intense pain, nausea, and fainting.
Traumatic Brain Injuries: Traumatic brain injuries are also common in auto accidents, even relatively mild fender benders. In fact, modern medicine is realizing that undiagnosed mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) is unfortunately common after automobile accidents. The symptoms include nausea, vomiting, chronic headaches, forgetfulness, insomnia, and seizures. Any fogginess, quick blackouts, or inability to remember (also called focal amnesia) is a part of a traumatic brain injury. Doctors are still learning about this injury, but we know it can occur even when the skull is not wounded. The sheer force of a car crash can cause the brain to collide against the hard bone inside the skull. The car and your head stop, but your brain continues to move until it hits the inside of your skull. There might be bruising or bleeding that are not immediately apparent. If your spouse or significant other tells you that your behavior, humor, demeanor, memory, or any other behavior changes after an accident seems off, you need to be checked for a traumatic brain injury.
Nerve damage: Nerve injuries are classified by levels of severity, from neurapraxia, the mildest form, to brachial plexus avulsion, when the nerve root is torn from your spine. Whiplash is a kind of nerve damage where your head whips back and forth, stretching or pinching your nerves. Even the mildest forms of nerve damage can take months to heal. Some never heal.
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These are just a few of the more common hidden injuries. Others include herniated disks, compartment syndrome, torn rotator cuffs, a torn labrum in your shoulder or hips, shoulder sprains and strains, and brain damage.Knowing the next steps to take after you or someone you love has been involved in a traffic accident is key to protecting your legal rights and safeguarding your right to compensation. If you’re the victim of a car accident, the personal injury attorneys at Suarez & Montero can help! We understand that car accidents can have a huge impact on you and your family. At Suarez & Montero, we can help in all stages of your personal injury claim. We can help obtain evidence, document your injuries, and negotiate a settlement of your claim or case. We also make sure to keep our clients informed at all stages of their case. We believe that our clients deserve the highest level of service. Because your case is important to you, you can be assured that it will be treated with the highest level of care and attention by our attorneys and staff members. A skilled personal injury lawyer can make sure you avoid common mistakes injury victims make when negotiating a claim with an insurance company or the party responsible for the injury. If you or someone you love has been involved in an accident, contact us today for a free consultation.
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