Victims who survive serious traffic accidents may be in more danger than they realize, particularly those who do not feel any pain or see signs of injury. While it is possible to experience a car accident without receiving serious injuries, there is a very good chance that such victims did actually suffer harm, but cannot feel it yet.
The wisest and most direct way to address this risk is to see a medical professional as soon as possible after the accident. If you experienced a car accident in the last several hours or days, you should not put off professional medical care. A thorough examination allows a doctor or other medical professional to look carefully for delayed onset injuries, potentially saving your life or helping you avoid unnecessary suffering in the future.
Some delayed onset injuries are deadly
Not all delayed onset injuries create lasting problems, while some are much more dangerous than you might realize. Internal bleeding, for instance, may not cause pain at the scene of an accident, but can quickly kill a victim if they lose too much blood from circulation. This is not the only way that internal bleeding can turn deadly — if the site of the wound grows an infection (which is very likely without treatment), that infection may spread throughout the victim’s body.
Organ damage is also a deadly threat to victims. Damaged organs may continue to function after an injury, but only as long as the body tries to repair the damage. If the body cannot heal itself, then it will shut down the organ altogether, which leads to the shutdown of all organs, and eventually death.
If you experience any abdominal pain after an accident, do not wait another moment before seeking emergency medical care.
Blows to the head and muscle injuries
A blow to the head or serious muscle damage may not cause pain immediately, either. Head injuries may lead to mild brain injuries, which can take days or even weeks to express symptoms. Similarly, muscle damage, commonly called whiplash, may not cause pain or tightness until after the victim sleeps.
These injuries are not typically life-threatening, but they can greatly impact a victim’s ability to work and maintain their daily responsibilities.
Don’t gamble with your future safety if you recently experienced a car accident. Be sure to seek a full medical examination as soon as possible, and don’t hesitate to use strong legal resources and guidance as you build your claim, to keep your rights secure while you pursue the compensation you deserve.