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Your delayed-onset injuries could be serious: See a doctor

On Behalf of | Apr 22, 2020 | Firm News |

There are many kinds of injuries that you could suffer from after a car crash. The impact of a crash is severe, and it’s no surprise that you could have traumatic injuries afterward.

It’s important that you seek medical care after being injured in a car crash. You could have injuries that are not obvious or injuries that haven’t emerged yet.

What are some common injuries you could suffer after a crash?

Some common injuries include:

  • Internal bleeding
  • Herniated discs
  • Broken bones
  • Broken ribs
  • Cuts and scrapes
  • Whiplash
  • Knee trauma

Your body reacts to a car crash with adrenaline and other chemicals that are designed to keep you alert and active. Unfortunately, those same chemicals can mask the injuries you’ve suffered and make you think you’re healthier than you are.

You should note that some injuries won’t appear right away. Called delayed-onset injuries, these injuries may take time to begin causing issues. For instance, if you have whiplash from a head-on collision, you may not have the swelling or tenderness that indicates that you’re hurt for 24 to 48 hours.

What should you do if you leave the scene but later have injuries appear?

Fortunately, medical providers and insurance agents all understand that injuries might not be apparent at the scene of an accident. It may take time for you to feel the injuries or to notice them. As soon as you do, you should head to the hospital. Make sure to tell the medical provider there that you were involved in a traffic accident. You will want to get paperwork from them that will help you when you make a claim against the at-fault driver in your case.

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