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What To Expect Physically After A Car Accident

May 21, 2020 by Steven M. Gursten

What To Expect Physically After A Car Accident

What you can expect physically after a car accident will depend on your injuries. Common injuries include traumatic brain injuries, herniated discs, broken bones and neck injuries. Multiple injuries from an accident can also aggravate each other, causing deterioration and worsening the prognosis for recovery.

Knowing what to expect physically after a car accident is crucial. The awareness of what symptoms to be alert for and the need to seek medical attention immediately if and when they appear is one of the most important things you can do to increase your chances for making the best possible recovery and reducing the likelihood that your injuries will have permanent, life-altering effects.

Awareness is key. Prompt medical attention creates a clear temporal relationship that is important for insurance companies to know your injuries really are caused from your accident and prevents disputes down the road. More importantly, it can help when there are delays or when you seek treatment for injuries that did not appear to show up immediately after a crash. These delayed car accident injuries and symptoms happen all the time, often because one injury, such as neck pain or a back injury, may cause radiation into an arm or a leg, or because the true significance of an injury is not fully appreciated because they are overshadowed by other more obvious injuries and symptoms. Many profoundly disabling injuries, such as a traumatic brain injury, can be “masked” by strong narcotic medications that people are taking for serious physical injuries. People often won’t be truly aware of the impact of these masked injuries until they try to return to work months later.

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What to expect physically for a TBI after a car accident

Below are the symptoms on what you can expect physically after a car accident if you have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, then you should seek medical attention immediately:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Loss of memory of events immediately before the accident
  • Loss of memory of events immediately after the accident
  • Feeling dazed, disoriented or confused
  • Feeling drowsy and/or difficult to arouse
  • Difficulty thinking clearly and reasoning
  • Difficulty making decisions and solving problems
  • Difficulty concentrating and paying attention
  • Difficulty communicating
  • Word-finding difficulty
  • Mental trauma
  • Problem-solving difficulty
  • Poor judgment
  • Depression
  • Lack of insight
  • Slurred speech
  • Headaches
  • Movement disorders
  • Concussion
  • Seizures
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Balance problems
  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to noise and light
  • Ringing in ears
  • Sleeping a lot

What to expect physically for a disc or spine injury after a car accident

Disc injuries and spine injury symptoms are not the same for everyone, but there is a common range of symptoms spine injury survivors frequently experience. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, then you should seek medical attention immediately:

  • Persistent pain along the spine
  • Persistent aching or stiffness along the spine
  • Muscle weakness
  • Loss of movement/restricted movement
  • Muscle spasms
  • Numbness
  • Loss of sense of temperature
  • Loss of sense of touch
  • Feeling a tingling sensation
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Pinching sensation along your spine
  • Painful stinging along your spine
  • Problems with your digestion
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control

What to expect physically for a shoulder injury after a car accident

If you were injured in a collision and your experiencing any of the following symptoms, then you should seek immediate medical attention because you may have suffered a shoulder injury:

  • Shoulder pain when lifting or lowering arm, reaching overhead or behind the back or pulling objects
  • Shoulder weakness
  • Loss of shoulder range of motion
  • Limited range of motion
  • Catching, locking, popping and grinding sensations
  • Instability
  • Shoulder weakness
  • Tingling or numbness in the shoulder
  • Swelling in the shoulder area
  • Stiffness
  • Inability to perform your normal daily activities

What to expect for depression

Depression frequently goes undiagnosed and untreated by doctors because the symptoms are attributed to other injuries that a person has suffered in an accident. That’s why being aware of the symptoms is so important. Below are the symptoms that you can expect physically after a car accident if you have suffered from depression. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, then you should seek medical attention immediately:

  • Sadness and unhappiness
  • A feeling of emptiness
  • Loss of interest in normal activities
  • Changes in appetite
  • Inability to sleep or sleeping too much
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue and loss of energy
  • Feeling worthless
  • Feeling guilty
  • Inability to concentrate and focus
  • Frequent thoughts of death, dying or suicide
  • Crying spells for no apparent reason

Injured and Need a lawyer? Call Michigan Auto Law

If you have been injured in a collision and you have questions about what to expect physically after your car accident, you can call toll free anytime 24/7 at (800) 777-0028 for a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys. You can also get help from an experienced attorney by emailing [email protected] or you can use the chat feature on our website.

What To Expect Physically After A Car Accident

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