Car accidents can be highly traumatic or can be minor. Depending upon the speed of the vehicle and the intensity of the collision, one can determine the extent of injuries. However, at first, a victim of a car accident may not observe any symptoms as the levels of adrenaline( it is a fight or flight hormone) are very high.
In case of a fracture, traumatic brain injury, or an injury to the spinal cord will give instant symptoms and a feeling of discomfort. In such cases, a victim should immediately contact for medical help. Additionally, get in touch with a Houston car accident attorney. An attorney can help the victim get the deserved compensation if the opposite party is at fault.
After a car accident, a victim may suffer from permanent or temporary disabilities. These include difficulty walking or trauma to the spinal cord leading to paralysis.
Physical issue related to a car accident
Neck pain or stiffness
The most common injury during a car accident is whiplash; this is the sudden movement of the head back and forth due to a vehicle’s collision. This leads to pain and stiffness in the region of the neck. In some cases, an intense collision may lead to herniation of the intervertebral discs in the thoracic segments leading to persistent and radiating pain up to the hand.
Shoulder pain or stiffness
As mentioned in the preceding paragraph, whiplash can also lead to disc herniation, and the herniated disc can irritate the nearby nerve roots, which can cause pain and stiffness in the shoulder region.
Herniated discs or spinal injuries can cause severe back pain. The back pain may persist for a few days to weeks. In the case of disc herniation, the pain may radiate to the lower extremities and cause extreme discomfort while walking.
Injury to the brain can lead to concussion, internal bleeding, or any form of severe damage to brain tissue. If not treated, it causes persistent headaches.
Tingling or numbness
As mentioned above, disc herniation in the upper or lower spinal cord segments may lead to irritation of the nearby nerve roots. This causes a tingling sensation in the area innervated by the nerve.
Memory loss or other issues related to the brain
A severe brain injury may damage vital areas of the brain and lead to loss of memory, slurring of speech, and more.
If you or your loved one was a victim of a car accident and you have been dealing with physical challenges after the accident, seek medical help. Even if you feel that you are absolutely fine, get diagnosed by a doctor to determine if there are any internal injuries. Moreover, these medical reports will come in handy to prove your injuries when filing for a compensation.