Many Kansas City accident victims, when they don't see an injury, believe that they are not hurt. Sometimes that is not the case. Delayed (a.k.a hidden) injuries may not be immediately apparent but, can be just as painful and life-altering as any other injury. KTAR News published the following information, and we would like to share it with you:
Headaches that develop several days after a vehicle accident are common. Sometimes they can signal a potentially serious problem, such as, a blood clot on the brain, injury to the neck or head or even a serious concussion.
2. Neck or shoulder pain or stiffness
Whiplash is the classic delayed symptom injury associated with accidents.
“Most cases of whiplash injury occur as the result of rear-end vehicle collisions at speeds of less than 14 miles per hour,” according to patientinfo.com.
Whiplash injuries can be serious and may require x-rays, CT scans or MRIs for proper diagnosis.
3. Back pain
Back pain that appears after an accident could be caused by injury to the muscles, ligaments or nerves in the back or even by damage to the vertebrae.
“Low back pain is found in more than half of rear impact-collisions in which injury was reported, and almost three-quarters of all side-impact crashes,” reports the Back & Neck Pain Center.
4. Abdominal pain or swelling
These signs could indicate internal bleeding. Other symptoms include large areas of deep purple bruising, dizziness and fainting. Internal bleeding can remain undiscovered for hours or days. It can be a life-threatening condition that needs to be diagnosed and treated by trained emergency medical personnel.
Loss of feeling in arms and hands is another indication of whiplash injury (also called whiplash associated disorder). The loss of feeling results from damage to the neck or spinal column. Modernmedicine.com notes about 20 percent of people involved in rear-end vehicle accidents develop some symptoms of whiplash.
6. Changes in personality or physical function
These could signal traumatic brain injury resulting from a concussion. Signs include impaired thinking or memory, movement, problems with vision or hearing, or personality changes or depression. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports motor vehicle crashes are the third overall leading cause of traumatic brain injuries. Vehicle accidents are the second leading cause of death from traumatic brain injuries.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is common after a vehicle accident. PTSD victims often have vivid and disturbing memories of the event and nightmares. Sometimes victims feel as if the accident is recurring or have flashbacks. Children are especially susceptible.
We suggest that immediataly following, any accident, that you accept/seek medical attention. Contact Attorney T. Morton right away if you find that you have a delayed/hidden injury or you are unsure about the extent of your injuries @ 913.602.7288 or complete this FORM.
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