Car crashes can be incredibly traumatic experiences, both physically and emotionally. While it is easy to see and understand the injuries that occur on the surface, such as cuts and bruises, many hidden injuries can occur in a car crash. Connecticut drivers may find these types of injuries can be just as debilitating and painful as visible ones, and in some cases, even more so.
Traumatic brain injury
One common hidden injury that can occur in a car crash is a traumatic brain injury. This type of injury can happen when the head is violently jerked back and forth, causing the brain to hit the inside of the skull. Symptoms of a traumatic brain injury can include headache, confusion, memory loss and difficulty with motor skills.
Another hidden injury that can occur in a car crash is whiplash. This injury is caused by the sudden and violent movement of the head and neck, which can damage the muscles, tendons and ligaments in the neck. Symptoms of whiplash can include neck pain and stiffness, headaches and difficulty with movement.
Internal injuries are also a type of hidden injury. These injuries can include damage to the lungs, liver, spleen and other organs. Symptoms of internal injuries often include abdominal pain, trouble breathing and internal bleeding.
In addition to any physical injuries, car crashes can lead to emotional and mental health issues which can be equally damaging to a person’s life. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition that can develop after a car crash with symptoms including flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety and depression.
Identifying hidden injuries
It is important to note that hidden car crash injuries may not present themselves immediately after a car crash. Some symptoms may not appear until days or even weeks later. That’s why it’s important to seek medical attention immediately after a car crash, even if you do not think you have been injured.
A medical professional can diagnose any hidden injuries and begin treatment. A lack of symptoms should never be met with a dismissal on your part.