Car Accident Symptoms You May Not Know

The human body is a holistic machine with incredibly complex and systemic makeup. Oftentimes, injuries involving one area of the body impact and affect many other areas and organ systems – even if there is no obvious or apparent connection between the injury and resulting adverse symptom. This is often the case with car accident symptoms.

In the aftermath of a serious car accident, many injuries are apparent from the outset (e.g., broken bones or lacerations). However, victims may also experience the onset of serious injuries weeks or months later – and it is not always clear whether the symptom is related to the impact of the collision. The following are some of the lesser-known symptoms of physical injuries related to auto accidents and represent a small sampling of the wide array of possible afflictions an auto accident victim may face.

1) Tingling in the Extremities: Tingling or burning sensations in the hands or feet could indicate possible nerve damage, which is not uncommon in the event of a severe auto accident. In the event of blunt trauma, the ligaments, facets, and disc joints may become inflamed or damaged. Moreover, tingling in the extremities – a condition known as peripheral nephropathy, a condition affecting up to 20 million Americans – could ultimately result in disability or a loss of mobility if left untreated.

2) Stiffness or Slowed Reflexes: Whiplash is a soft-tissue injury that often occurs as the result of an auto accident. Also known as a “soft tissue injury,” whiplash is caused by the rapid movement of the neck either backward-forward or side-to-side. In addition to stiffness and slowed reflexes, whiplash can also manifest as:

  • Neck pain and/or loss of range of motion in the neck
  • Headaches starting at the base of the skull
  • Shoulder tenderness
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Memory difficulty
  • Depression

3) Concussion Symptoms: A concussion occurs as a result of a traumatic injury causing the brain to strike the inside of the skull. Unfortunately, the symptoms of a concussion are not always immediately apparent, and often mimic other symptoms. In the days following an auto accident, concussion symptoms may manifest as:

  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of balance
  • Confusion
  • Disorientation
  • Amnesia

4) Mental health: Mental and emotional health is a serious consideration in the aftermath of a severe accident, particularly if the accident involved egregious injuries or fatalities. In some cases, victims may develop the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) without realizing it, which may manifest as anxiety, depression, misplaced panic, and disruptions of one’s typical personality. As well, the symptoms of PTSD or a related mental health condition do not necessarily appear until weeks or months after the accident.

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If you were recently involved in an auto accident and sustained lingering injuries, call a car accident attorney at the Law Office of Julie Johnson, PLLC. Contact us today at 214-290-8001.

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