An auto accident may seem harmless and minor at first. However, if you decide to forego the recommended medical checkup, you may find yourself experiencing the effects of an injury hours and days later.
The body’s response to a traumatic event may determine whether you feel pain or not. Some of the most complicated injuries to diagnose may not show any outward symptoms right away. Before a situation becomes critical, discover how to identify some signs that your body has damage.
Do you have bruising?
A bruise may seem like a minor injury to walk away from a crash with. While this is true, in some instances, that mark may reveal that more serious damage lurks. If you notice redness, swelling, or a bruise spreading in the hours and days after a crash, you may have a vessel actively bleeding. Another sign is a bruise that gets darker and remains that way for an extended period of time. The abdominal area is especially prone to internal injury from the seatbelt pulling tight during a crash.
Do you feel like you have the flu?
You may attribute feeling ill after a crash to the stress. While some aches or pain are normal after an accident, others are not. If the pain accompanies nausea, vomiting and worsening headaches, they may point to a deeper trauma that needs medical attention. This is especially true of a head injury. Even with no outward signs, your brain may have sustained some damage from the force of the crash.
Getting a medical exam after a car accident may put your mind at ease, or it may catch something that may lead to catastrophic consequences if not treated timely.