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Pay attention to post-collision symptoms

On Behalf of | Mar 27, 2021 | Firm News

Being involved in a California car accident is not just traumatic but can also have serious, even permanent physical consequences, as well. In the days and weeks that follow a collision, it is important to closely monitor a recovering victim’s health condition. If he or she is not feeling a bit better with each passing day, additional medical care may be needed, especially if new symptoms arise.  

Impact in a collision causes sudden trauma to many parts of the body 

The physiological implications of blunt force trauma from a car accident are complex. For instance, being suddenly thrust forward then back because of the force of a rear-end collision causes trauma to various tendons, muscles and nerves in the body. Whiplash is a common but also potentially serious condition that may result from crash. 

Hitting the head on a dashboard or being hit by an airbag can also cause severe physical injuries. Seeking medical attention is always a top priority in the immediate aftermath of a collision, even in circumstances where the accident victim initially believes all is well. As days pass, any of these symptoms would suggest a need for further medical examination:  

  • Confusion or dizziness 
  • Head pain or discomfort in facial area, especially jaws 
  • Nausea or abdominal discomfort 
  • Vomiting 
  • Bruising, swelling or inflammation 
  • Tingling, numbness or throbbing pain 
  • Back or neck discomfort 
  • Lack of mobility because of pain 
  • Mood swings or other neurological symptoms 

Each of these symptoms may accompany underlying collision-related injuries, such as concussion, skull fracture, herniated disc, torn tendons or spinal cord trauma.  

Tell a doctor that symptoms have occurred after a collision 

If a person seeks medical care, it is imperative that the doctor consulted be alerted to the fact that the patient was recently involved in a motor vehicle collision so that he or she knows what specific tests to perform to rule out brain injuries and other issues.  

Medical care is expensive; however, many recovering accident victims are able to offset their expenses by seeking restitution for damages in a civil court when there is evidence to show that another person’s negligence was a direct cause of the injuries suffered