Some car accident injuries, such as cuts and broken bones, are easy to recognize after the crash. Unfortunately, there are a handful of injuries whose symptoms may not appear for days, or even weeks later. Immediately after the accident, endorphins and adrenaline are at an all-time high. This can trick the body into walking away from the scene feeling fine and pain-free. Days later when the endorphins wear off, patients may begin to feel delayed symptoms from their injuries. 

It is important to report your injuries to a medical provider within 14 days of the accident. Even if you don’t feel pain right away, reporting your injuries ensures you have access to the medical treatment covered by your auto insurance.

Here are the 5 most common car accident injuries with delayed symptoms.

1. Whiplash

Whiplash occurs when there is a rapid and forced movement of the neck. Whiplash and other soft tissue injuries are the most common car accident injury. Common symptoms are:

  • back and neck pain
  • headaches
  • numbness or tingling
  •  trouble moving the neck in its full range of motion.

2. Concussion

A concussion is a head injury that occurs when your head is forced to move quickly in one direction, causing the brain to bounce around in the skull. Concussions can cause damage to the brain tissue, nerves, and blood vessels. Symptoms to look out for are:

  •  loss of consciousness
  • headaches
  •  blurred vision and dizziness
  • Loss of memory
  • Nausea and vomiting

3. Spinal Injury

It is important to get evaluated for a spine injury after your car accident. Spinal injuries such as herniated discs and damage to the nerves, vertebrae, and connective tissues can cause the spinal cord to swell or bleed. Seek emergency care if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Limb weakness
  • Muscle spasms
  • numbness or tingling
  • Stiffness
  • Trouble balancing

4. Internal Bleeding

While your seatbelt and airbags may have saved your life, you could have internal injuries from your body being thrown against it. Signs of internal bleeding include:

  • Blood in urine or stool
  • Coughing or vomiting blood
  • Abdominal pain
  • Difficulty breathing

5. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD is a common psychological disorder caused by surviving a traumatic event. Car accidents are the number one cause of this disorder. Symptoms of PTSD related to car accidents are:

  • Flashbacks of the accident
  • Nightmares
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Detachment or changes in your mood

For more information on PTSD and other psychological effects from car accidents. Check out our other blog post here.

If you’ve been in an auto accident, call Dr. Huffman today at (866) 402-4250 for a FREE whiplash consultation. He is available 24/7 to anyone in the state of Florida. Our telemedicine service makes it easier than ever to report your injuries and get the treatment plan you need to get back to feeling like your normal self.