While some injuries are very apparent after a car accident such as brain injuries, spine injuries, cuts, scrapes, bruises, etc., some injuries take longer to make themselves evident.
During the event of a car accident, your body releases adrenaline and other endorphins. This adrenaline surge sometimes suppresses pain. This means after a car accident if you are not experiencing any pain that you are not injured. Once the release of those hormones subsides, the pain can start to present itself.
Soft Tissue Injuries
An injury that affects the muscles, tendons or ligaments is referred to as a soft tissue injury. The sudden force in a car accident puts a lot of stress on soft tissues. The common soft tissue injury from car accidents is Whiplash when the sudden force pushes the head forwards and back impacting the neck muscles. These type of injuries result in pain, swelling, and reduced mobility.
These type of injuries do not appear right away and sometimes take several days and weeks to appear. They are also not visible on x-rays making them difficult to diagnose.
A concussion occurs when the brain strikes the inside of your skull with great force. While some symptoms of a concussion are obvious like disorientation and loss of consciousness some of them do not appear immediately such as:
- blurry vision
- lack of energy
- abnormal sleep patterns
- clouded thinking
- inability to concentrate
- short-term memory loss
After a car accident, the first course of action should be to visit a health care professional immediately. Even if you feel fine after your car accident there could be underlying medical issues that you might not be aware of.
If you’ve been injured in an accident you might be entitled to compensation. Contact one of us personal injury lawyers for a free consultation.