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Symptoms of serious injuries can be delayed

On Behalf of | Feb 12, 2024 | Personal Injury

Car accidents can result in both minor and severe injuries. Many are immediately obvious after a crash. For example, a fractured limb may be out of place, or a head injury may bleed a lot.

However, it’s important to note that not all serious injuries are immediately apparent. Some symptoms may take several days or longer to present themselves. Outlined below are two types of injuries that can have delayed symptoms.

Internal bleeding

After a car crash, there may be no external bleeding or bruising. An individual may feel relatively fine other than the shock. Nonetheless, the adrenaline rush produced during a car accident may take some time to wear off. It can mask internal pain. Internal injuries to the organs can occur, particularly if the chest has suffered trauma during a crash.

The symptoms may not even be that painful. Internal injuries are often associated with numbness, tingling and lightheadedness. Internal injuries highlight why it’s so important to seek immediate medical attention after a crash. Sometimes, medical scans are the only way to spot these potentially life-threatening injuries.

Head trauma

If the skull is lacerated, then it bleeds a lot. Nonetheless, the brain is beneath the skull and it could still be damaged even if the outer layers of the head are not bleeding. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) symptoms can take days to show up, and bleeding can occur internally. All head injuries should be treated as medical emergencies, even if there is no external bleeding. Again, sometimes the only way to diagnose TBIs is by having medical scans.

If you have been injured because of the negligence of someone else, you should pursue financial compensation. Seeking more legal information will help you learn about your personal injury claim options.