When you are injured in a car accident, you can suffer a variety of injuries. Some injuries are easy to notice, such as broken bones, lacerations, and burns. However, some injuries may not be as easily known immediately after a car accident, including concussions and whiplash.
An accident victim can walk away from the crash feeling “fine” when he or she is really injured. It could just take several hours or days for the person to discover the injury. Once the shock of the accident wears off, the symptoms become more noticeable.
Concussions are common injuries in motor vehicle accidents because the head is often violently jerked forward, backward, and side-to-side. In addition, the head can be violently struck against the vehicle or other object flying around in the vehicle. When the head is whipped about or struck, the brain “bounces” within the skull repeatedly striking the skull. Where the brain strikes the skull, severe damage can occur.
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a severe brain injury that can have long-term consequences for the victim. In some cases, a TBI can result in permanent that prevents the person from working.
A head trauma should never be ignored. If you are in an accident, you should see a doctor to rule out brain damage or a head injury. Symptoms of a concussion or head injury include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Confusion or disorientation
- Problems with sleep
- Eating issues
- Sensitivity to bright lights
- Slurred speech or/or blurred vision
- Vomiting and/or nausea
If you have any symptoms following an accident, you should seek medical care immediately. A head injury can be very serious. Prompt treatment for head trauma is very important for recovery and healing.
Whiplash is another common injury in a car accident. When the head is whipped back and forth violently, it can cause your neck to be injured. This type of injury is very common in a rear-end collision because of the force of impact from the rear causing the driver or passenger to jerk forward and backward.
Symptoms of whiplash may not occur for several hours or days after an accident. In some cases, the victim may not immediately associate the symptoms with the car accident. However, whiplash can have lasting effects. Chronic pain and limited range of motion can make it difficult to perform daily tasks at work or home.
Some of the common symptoms of whiplash include:
- Loss of range of motion
- Neck stiffness and pain
- Tenderness in the upper back and shoulders
- Blurred vision
- Sleeping problems
- Worsening pain when you move your head
Symptoms should never be ignored. It is always best to be checked by a doctor after an accident. If you are not injured, that is great. However, if you are injured, prompt treatment can help decrease the chance of permanent injury.
Call a Fresno Car Accident Attorney for Help
If you are hurt in a car crash, the attorneys of Torem & Associates can help. We will listen to your story and investigate your case to determine what must be done to file an injury claim. Call (559) 500-5000 or 1-800-954-4444 to schedule a case review and free consultation with one of our Fresno accident attorneys.