Car accident injuries can appear long after an accident

On Behalf of | Jun 8, 2022 | Car Accidents

Car accidents are most likely to occur within a five-mile radius of the driver’s home. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania sees its share of car accidents resulting in injuries. Broken bones, cuts, and bruises are easy to identify but drivers and passengers can be affected by injuries taking a while to show their symptoms. The six common late-developing injuries are:

  • Whiplash
  • Concussion
  • Spine injuries
  • Internal bleeding
  • Blood clots
  • PTSD

Whiplash and spine injuries

The most common problem following car accidents is whiplash. Experts in personal injury will tell you the day following car accidents are the most painful time for injuries. During a collision with another vehicle, the neck of an occupant will move around quickly. Damage to the soft tissue will move the neck out of spinal alignment resulting in symptoms, including:

  • Headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Loss of mobility

Spinal injuries can produce symptoms in the days and weeks after a car accident.

Concussion

A concussion is viewed as a short-term problem but it can have long-term effects. A blow to the head against a hard dashboard is a cause of concussion, with the rapid movement of the brain in the head another.

Internal bleeding and blood clots

If you experience pain in your abdomen after a car accident you could have internal damage resulting in bleeding. A trauma can dislodge blood clots that prove fatal if they reach your brain and heart.

PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental health issue resulting from the trauma of a car accident. This mental condition can have physical symptoms as well as produce fear and stress in the affected person.

Understanding the late-developing problems associated with car accidents will help you identify issues affecting your life.