Car accidents are always traumatic events for Michigan residents. Even those you think are minor could leave you harmed. Some car crash injuries can be deceiving and only begin to show symptoms later. These are some of the most common.
A concussion is a minor brain injury that occurs in car accidents when a person’s head hits an object such as the steering wheel on impact. In some cases, a person might not experience symptoms for a few hours or even days. However, when they do appear, they can include headaches, blurred vision, confusion, memory loss, nausea and vomiting.
Soft tissue injuries are common after car accidents. Whiplash is one of the most common; it is caused when a person’s head is violently jolted as a collision occurs. The injury often lies dormant for several hours or days until symptoms appear. Neck pain, numbness, tingling, headache and limited range of motion may occur.
One of the most serious car accident delayed injuries affects the spine. Spinal injuries can involve damage to the nerves, tissues, vertebrae or discs in the neck or back. The damage can be serious and symptoms can include muscle spasms, pain, stiffness, balance issues and weakness. You might not feel the effects of these injuries for a few days following a collision.
After a car accident, you may not know for days that you have a serious injury such as internal bleeding. However, bloody urine or stools, difficulty breathing, abdominal pain and coughing or vomiting blood are all signs of these severe injuries, which always require prompt medical attention.
Not all injuries are immediately obvious after a car accident. Your body is pumping adrenaline as a protective measure. Medical care can determine your condition.