Car accidents can cause more than just visible injuries.
While immediate pain and injuries may be evident, there are often hidden consequences that may not manifest until later. These unseen injuries can have a significant impact on a person’s health and well-being.
1. Whiplash: More than a nod to discomfort
Whiplash is a common but often underestimated injury after a car accident. It occurs when the head is forcefully jerked back and forth, causing strain on the neck. Symptoms may not appear immediately, leading individuals to dismiss the injury. However, untreated whiplash can result in chronic pain, headaches and difficulty concentrating, affecting one’s daily life.
2. Concussions: The silent threat
Even minor car accidents can result in concussions, a type of traumatic brain injury. Concussions often go unnoticed initially, as symptoms may not be apparent right away. Over time, individuals may experience headaches, dizziness and difficulty focusing. Ignoring these signs can lead to long-term cognitive issues. This emphasizes the importance of seeking medical attention post-accident.
3. Internal injuries: A hidden danger
Internal injuries are not always immediately apparent and may go undetected without proper medical examination. The force of a collision can cause damage to internal organs, leading to internal bleeding or other complications. These injuries may not present symptoms right away, making it important to undergo a thorough medical evaluation after an accident.
4. Emotional trauma: Unseen scars
Car accidents can leave lasting emotional scars that are often overlooked. The trauma associated with a collision can result in anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder. It is necessary to recognize the impact of emotional trauma and seek the necessary support and treatment.
In 2021, 11,174 serious injuries happened on roads in New York State. Seeking appropriate compensation becomes important, considering the potential long-term effects of visible and hidden injuries.