Car accidents are frightening events. Immediately after the crash, your body may fill with adrenaline, your hands may shake and you could have a difficult time focusing on what is happening. As a result, when medical personnel come to the scene and ask if you are hurt, you may not think that you are.
Adrenaline can sometimes mask pain soon after a traumatic event, and some injuries may not present symptoms until some time has passed. As a result, you may not think you suffered injuries immediately after an accident, but you may later come to find that you actually suffered serious harm.
What signs should you watch out for?
After the accident, you may go home and try to relax. You may even go to bed early thinking that it will help you settle down after the day’s excitement. The next day, however, you may find yourself feeling even more off than you did immediately after the crash. Some symptoms you should not ignore include the following:
- Abdominal pain: Pain in your abdomen could indicate that you suffered internal injuries that need quick medical attention.
- Headaches: You may think that having a headache after an accident is normal simply due to the adrenaline and stress of the event. However, a headache could indicate an issue like whiplash, a concussion, a neck injury or a blood clot.
- Back pain: Pain in your back could also be a sign of whiplash, a herniated disc or another serious injury.
- Numbness: In some cases, a herniated disc could press on your nerves and cause numbness in your extremities.
- Emotional turmoil: After a serious car accident, you could experience anxiety or even PTSD that lasts an extended period of time. Rather than ignoring these emotional symptoms, consulting with a medical professional is wise.
Of course, these symptoms may take longer to present themselves than just the following day. If at any point after being in a car accident you feel that something is not right with your health, seeking medical attention is wise.
What if you are injured?
If a medical exam does indicate that you suffered serious injuries in a car accident, even if the symptoms were delayed, you and your doctor can find the right course of treatment. You may also find yourself wanting to consider your legal options for seeking compensation from the driver considered at fault for the incident. If so, speaking with a Florida personal injury attorney may be in your best interests.