If you get into a motor vehicle accident and are able to walk away without having to go to the hospital, you certainly are luckier than many other accident victims. However, there are some hidden dangers even for people who seemingly walk away from a car crash unscathed.
In some cases, serious injuries actually have a delayed onset, meaning that symptoms can show up hours, days, weeks, or even months after the crash takes place. It is important to know about some typical symptoms of these injuries so that you can stay vigilant after the accident and monitor your health for injuries that show up later.
Typical symptoms of delayed-onset injuries
One of the most common injuries that shows itself in the hours and days after a crash occurs is a traumatic brain injury. This can include not only a concussion, which is common in motor vehicle accidents, but also internal bleeding or a skull fracture. Signs of this type of injury are not always immediately apparent, and especially with internal injuries, there may not even be any outward signs.
Symptoms to look for in spotting potential traumatic brain injuries, or TBI, include mild symptoms such as a headache, nausea and light dizziness, as well as more serious symptoms such as disorientation or confusion, loss of balance, slurred speech, memory loss or seizures. If you experience any of these symptoms in the days or weeks following a car crash, you should not hesitate to get a medical exam to rule out a possible head injury.
What to do after any crash
Rather than taking chances after a motor vehicle accident, it is a good idea to get a medical exam after the crash, even if you think that you are fine. Not only is it in your best interest from the standpoint of your own health and well-being, but it also provides you with documentation of any injuries and symptoms. This documentation may be essential if the other driver in the crash was at fault and caused the crash due to his or her negligent behavior behind the wheel.