Common symptoms after a car crash
Anyone who has been in a mild to intermediate car crash (where the injuries did not require urgent same-day medical attention), may tell you that they felt nothing at first … but as time went on, symptoms of deeper lying injuries started to creep in. Firstly, at this point it’s important to remind ourselves that no matter when the symptoms begin to surface – even if weeks have passed – legal assistance may be able to help to secure compensation. See Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyer for more details. Now, what are the common symptoms that you may experience after a car crash?
Headaches & Whiplash
Headaches and whiplash may become noticeable days or even weeks after a car accident. You may begin to feel nauseated, with sensitivity to light or noise, or you may even begin to suffer blurred vision. In any case, you may find that your mood, general well-being, eating and sleeping patterns, and relationships begin to suffer.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can affect anyone following a car crash. Anxiety, flashbacks, nightmares, and an inability to maintain concentration on tasks can all be signs of PTSD. What’s important to remember about PTSD is that symptoms can occur even where no physical injury has taken place.
Pain in the Neck & Shoulders
Due to the position of the seat belt, and due to the effects of whiplash and other knocks that may occur during a crash, neck pain and shoulder pain are prevalent symptoms following a car crash. Pain in this area can lead to tension, stress, and anxiety. There is also the potential for these injuries to be linked to nerve damage.
Abdominal Pain & Back Pain
The seatbelt can also cover part of the abdominal region, potentially resulting in internal bruising that is felt as tenderness and even nausea. Back pain is likewise a linked condition, where an injury to the abdominal region and lower spinal region results in muscle tightness shooting pains down the legs.
Pinched Nerves & Numbness
Pinched nerves are caused by compression of the nerve by surrounding tissues. Following a physical injury, the damaged soft tissues may swell over a period of days and weeks, leading to the onset of numbness where the nerves are ‘pinched’. The same compression of muscles and tendons can also cause numbness and restricted movement.
Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
Tinnitus is experienced as a ringing in the ears, which typically becomes more prominent in the evenings or at bed time where there is less noise (making the ringing more noticeable). The condition can be brought on as a result of a loud bang heard during the crash, or as a result of concussion or stress following the car crash.
Memory loss is closely linked to a lack of concentration, where the sufferer is unable to carry out tasks to completion due to confusion caused by a failure in the short-term memory. Difficulty in holding conversations and an inability to express oneself clearly may be signs of memory loss.