Surviving a car accident is a great relief, especially if you do not suffer any serious injuries. Unfortunately, even though you may not feel any pain after the accident or have visible signs of injury, you may still be in great danger from injuries you don't know about.
Even if you don't think that your car accident was very serious, our bodies are often much more fragile than we realize, so it is still wise to seek a complete medical examination from a licensed and qualified medical professional. By undergoing a full examination as soon as possible after the accident, you can identify injuries that may not cause pain or discomfort until they are much more dangerous.
Abdominal injuries can prove deadly
Some of the most dangerous injuries that do not always cause pain are damage to organs and internal bleeding. If you suffer partial organ damage in a car accident, your body will try to heal the organ by itself and continue to function normally.
However, it is not always possible to heal the organ, and after some time, the body may give up trying to repair the organ and instead may shut it down. Once one organ fails, it is likely that the other organs will fail as well, leading to a slow and painful death.
Internal bleeding often causes complications when the injury is not that severe, but just a small trickle of blood from the internal wound. While the blood loss itself is not necessarily dangerous, an open internal wound may easily grow infected. Without proper treatment, an internal infection can easily spread outward to many parts of the body, causing widespread infection. A thorough medical examination can help avoid allowing these injuries to go untreated.
Muscle strain, head trauma, and spinal cord injuries
Several other common injuries do not necessarily cause pain when they occur. One of the most common forms of injury after any car accident is whiplash. This term refers to many conditions one may endure when muscles in the neck, back and torso suffer strain or damage. Often a victim may survive an accident and feel no muscle pain until after sleeping.
Similarly, if an accident causes damage to a victim's spinal cord, they may not feel pain until the cord pinches or severs a nerve. This can lead to ongoing pain and discomfort for many years. Without proper medical care as soon as possible after the accident, nerve damage can last indefinitely.
A blow to the head may cause a minor brain injury, which may not cause symptoms for days or even weeks. Minor brain injuries can seriously alter the victim's personality. It can also make it difficult for them to communicate, apart from physical symptoms like headaches and nausea.
Protect yourself immediately
It is always wise to seek professional medical care as soon as you can after a car accident, even if you think that you are fine. If you wait until you feel pain, it may be too late to treat fully, and you may experience harsher symptoms with a longer recovery time.
Be sure to address these medical needs as soon as you can after an accident, preferably the same day or within 24 hours. To protect your rights and future priorities while you recover, consider building a strong personal injury claim to seek full compensation for your losses and injuries.