Car accidents can be traumatic experiences, both physically and emotionally. While it is common knowledge that car accidents can cause obvious injuries such as cuts, bruises, and broken bones, some injuries may not be immediately apparent. These “hidden” injuries can be serious for motorists in Texas and it is important to be aware of them.
Traumatic brain injuries
One of the most common types of hidden injuries from motor vehicle accidents is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). A TBI can occur when the head is violently shaken or struck, causing the brain to hit the inside of the skull. Symptoms of a TBI can include headaches, dizziness, confusion, memory loss and changes in mood or behavior. In severe cases, a TBI can lead to permanent brain damage or even death.
Whiplash is a common result of car crashes and describes an injury to the neck caused by the sudden jerking of the head and neck, often as a result of a rear-end collision. Symptoms of whiplash can include neck pain, stiffness and headaches. In some cases, the symptoms of whiplash may not appear until days or even weeks after the accident.
Internal injuries, such as those to the organs or other soft tissue, can also be a health concern after motor vehicle accidents. These injuries can be caused by blunt force trauma, such as a seatbelt or airbag deployment, and may not be immediately obvious. Symptoms of internal injuries can include abdominal pain, difficulty breathing and internal bleeding.
Psychological injuries constitute hidden damage that may not become obvious to the accident victim days or weeks after the incident. These include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression. These emotional injuries can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life, and they may require taking a closer look at the individual’s life post-accident.
Pinpointing hidden car accident injuries
It is crucial to seek medical attention as soon as possible after a car accident, even if you don’t think you have been injured. The sooner you uncover a hidden trauma, the faster you can get on the road to recovery and avoid the injury affecting your life.