Hidden Injuries Caused by a Car Accident
Directly after a car accident you may think you’re fine only to find out later that you’ve actually been seriously injured. Why do these types of so-called “hidden injuries” occur? It is because our bodies have a fight or flight response that kicks into high gear doing whatever is necessary to get you out of harm’s way.
The end result is that you might not discover you’re injured until after the danger has passed. At Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys, our New Orleans car accident lawyers are familiar with these types of hidden injuries. Some injuries, such as whiplash, may also not be apparent immediately because it can take a few days for symptoms to develop.
Some Hidden Injuries Caused by a Car Accident
Whiplash is the most common injury caused by a car accident. These types of injuries occur when the head snaps back and then forward violently during a collision. The sudden back-and-forth motion causes neck strain and sprain. It may also stretch and/or tear the tendons and muscles in the neck.
You may not realize that you have this type of injury as it can take a few days for symptoms to appear. If you experience any of the following aches or pains you may have a whiplash injury:
- A stiff or “tight” neck;
- Severe but usually dull, not sharp, neck pain; and,
- Back pain.
If so, see a doctor immediately for diagnosis and treatment. Then contact our New Orleans car accident lawyers for assistance in filing a personal injury lawsuit if you’re not at fault in the crash.
Muscle, Tendon, and/or Ligament Injuries
Muscle, tendon, and/or ligament injuries can occur in the neck as a result of whiplash, but they can also occur in other areas of the body affected by the impact of the crash, such as in the knees or ankles.
Bruises and Swelling from Contact Injuries
Drivers and passengers can suffer bruises and swelling from contact with hard surfaces like the steering wheel or dashboard. Restraints like seat belts can also cause injury because of a sudden stop or crash
A concussion occurs when your brain forcefully makes contact with your skull resulting in injury or bruising. See a doctor immediately if you experience any of the following after a car accident:
- A loss of balance or equilibrium when standing and walking; or,
- Difficulty concentrating or remembering things.
The spine itself can also sustain separate injury or trauma as a result of a motor vehicle accident. Dislocates, fractures and compressed or crushed vertebrae are just a few spinal injuries commonly caused by an accident. More symptoms may appear after the shock wears off to reveal severe, debilitating injuries that affect nerves and muscle control of different organs and body parts.
Hurt? Contact a New Orleans Car Accident Lawyer for Help
Hurt in a New Orleans car accident? Call an experienced car accident lawyer at Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys for a free consult. Call (504) 345-1111, or contact us today. Our office hours are 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., but we are available 24/7 to take your call or chat online. The first consultation is free, and there’s never a fee unless you win your case.