In 2020, Mississippi topped the nation with the highest number of traffic fatalities per capita, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. While serious injuries are expected with more severe accidents, small fender-benders can result in hidden injuries that might not produce symptoms for hours or even days after the accident.
Examples of hidden injuries from a car accident
Whiplash is a neck injury where soft tissue between the head and neck is damaged due to the whipping motion during a car accident. The pain from whiplash can take time to present, and if not promptly treated, could cause debilitating pain for months.
Internal injuries can occur during motor vehicle accidents that might not cause immediate pain. Internal bleeding or tissue damage can cause unknown complications that could be deadly.
Back injuries are also common after a car crash and are one of the most prevalent hidden traumas. Issues can arise from spinal cord injuries, bone fractures and muscle damage. Immediate treatment is often necessary to prevent serious complications such as paralysis and nerve damage.
Avoiding potential problems from hidden injuries
The best way to protect yourself from a minor injury turning into a life-changing medical issue after an accident is to never assume you are injury-free. Obviously, the absence of immediate pain does not mean you are not hurt. You should always be completely checked by medical personnel after a car accident, and try to visit a trauma center if possible. The staff in these types of facilities know how to detect what is not obvious and could help you avoid progression of injuries.
Once your medical issues have been diagnosed, you will need to know what kind of ongoing treatment you might require in the future. This will be important when it comes time to file a claim to cover all future medical bills and lost wages.