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Important Symptoms to Look for After a Car Accident

Car accidents are scary for many reasons. Aside from the damage that can be done to your vehicle and the financial toll that it can take, there is also the potential for serious, life-changing injuries. But while the damage to your vehicle is generally apparent upon the crash, the damage to your person is not always so evident. Sometimes the symptoms of injuries do not come to light until some time after the crash. Here are the major symptoms you should be aware of after you’ve been involved in a crash.

Headaches

Aside from the emotional side effects that often come post-crash, headaches are also associated with other physical ailments. Headaches, one of the most common symptoms that people experience after a crash, generally go away on their own and leave no long-term damage. However, there are still cases in which a headache can be indicative of something more threatening such as a blood clot or brain injury.

Shoulder & Neck Pain

Whiplash, which is a forceful back-and-forth movement of the neck, also commonly occurs during the impact of a crash. This can affect not only the neck but the shoulders as well. Although it is usually normal and not of major concern, you should be aware of any stiffness that you experience, as it could also be caused by something more concerning like a spinal injury.

Abdominal Pain

It can be difficult to determine that you have been injured after a crash, and the severe nature of abdominal pain can also be elusive. Often some of the most serious injuries cannot be seen on the outside of the body. However, internal injuries should be taken seriously. If you experience any pain in your stomach or abdomen you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. 

Back Pain

Back pain is one of those symptoms that could be minor or signify something very serious. Should you experience any back pain in the days following an auto vehicle accident, you may want to seek medical attention. It could be something as “minor” as whiplash, or something as concerning as a herniated disc. Numbness and tingling can also be a sign of a pinched nerve. 

Numbness 

As mentioned, numbness can signify a pinched nerve. Whiplash can cause numbness but so too can an injury to the nerves or spinal cord. Be sure to keep an eye out for any lack of feeling or sensation as well as any tingling in your arms and hands.

Behavioral Changes 

Motor vehicle crashes are the third most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and the second leading cause of death from such injuries. Any changes in your personality, hearing issues, vision issues, depression, or problems with memory can be indicative of a TBI.

PTSD 

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, commonly referred to as PTSD, is a mental disorder that can occur after someone experiences a traumatic event. As with many other delayed symptoms, initially it can be difficult to notice. However, it can worsen over time and greatly affect your quality of life.

Consult with a Qualified Motor Vehicle Accident Attorney

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If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident due to the negligence or recklessness of another person, the attorneys at Gauthier Amedee can help. Don’t delay, contact Gauthier Amedee today at 225-647-1700 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case evaluation.

October 1st, 2019