Not all car crash injuries cause immediate pain. Some injuries aren’t apparent until days or weeks after the accident. These are called “latent injuries” and they often go unnoticed. Unfortunately, that can mean car crash victims don’t get the care they need and may struggle to obtain the justice they deserve if the insurance company claims the injuries weren’t caused by the crash at all.
To help you identify some of the signs and symptoms before they worsen, let's take a closer look at the three most common latent injuries after a car accident.
Brain Injuries & Concussions
It may not seem like it, but even a minor concussion is a brain injury. A concussion can lead to long-time problems, including memory loss and increased risk of stroke. If you feel any nausea or dizziness after a car crash, make sure you see a doctor ASAP. If you develop symptoms later in life, the report of a concussion can be invaluable in establishing a root cause.
Whiplash is one of the most common car accident injuries. After a car crash, even minor neck pain could signal something worse in the weeks to come. Aside from strained muscles in the neck, whiplash may lead to pinched nerves or numbness. If you have any neck pain after a wreck, it’s crucial that you see a doctor within three days of the crash.
Back injuries are another common outcome of car crashes, but the pain is rarely instantaneous. Often, victims contribute back soreness to pulled muscles or regular backache. While some back injuries can be minor, more severe ailments (such as a herniated disc) could develop if the condition is left untreated. In a worst-case scenario, a spinal cord injury can lead to paralysis.
You should go to the doctor immediately after a car crash. The sooner you go to the doctor’s office, the more likely you are to obtain proper documentation and get the justice you deserve.
If you or someone you love suffered serious injuries in a car crash in Houston or a car crash in Milwaukee, we can help. If you’d like to schedule an appointment with an experienced auto injury attorney from Dunk Law Firm, please don’t hesitate to call (800) 674-9339 or send us an email.