In some cases, the injuries after a car accident are easy to recognize. Injuries such as broken bones, amputations, lacerations, paralysis, and most fractures are easily diagnosed. However, some injuries might be more difficult to recognize and diagnose. For example, spinal cord injuries, whiplash, head injuries, internal injuries, and soft tissue damage can be difficult for doctors to diagnose. Therefore, a doctor might miss an injury if the doctor does not perform the proper diagnostic tests or listen to the patient’s list of complaints and symptoms.
A failure to diagnose an injury after a car accident can result in an injury becoming much worse. Failing to receive adequate medical care could result in a permanent disability. What should you do if you believe your doctor is ignoring your complaints or symptoms? Get a second opinion immediately!
Common Car Injuries That Have Symptoms That Might Go Unnoticed
Some types of injuries have symptoms that might not appear immediately after a car accident. It could be several hours, days, or weeks before you notice symptoms. In some cases, you might not associate the symptoms with your car accident if the symptoms appear a couple of days after the crash or you have another condition that could cause those symptoms.
If you experience any symptoms after a car accident or any symptoms become worse, you need to seek medical attention immediately. If your doctor does not take your complaints seriously, you need to seek treatment from another doctor. Regardless of the severity of the symptoms, you should NEVER ignore symptoms. Even what you consider to be mild symptoms could be an indication of a potentially serious medical condition or injury.
Examples of symptoms that could indicate you suffered a head injury, whiplash, internal injuries, spinal cord injury, or another injury in a car accident includes:
- Blurry vision, hearing problems, or slurred speech
- Vomiting and nausea
- Disorientation, confusion, memory problems
- Limited range of motion
- Problems sleeping
- Issues with eating
- Depression, anxiety, or mood swings
- Dizziness and problems with balance
- Pain, tenderness, burning sensations, numbness, or tingling sensations
- Abdominal or chest pains
- Loss of bodily functions such as bladder or bowel control
- Difficulty breathing
- Lack of coordination and weakness
If you feel that anything is “wrong” or you just do not feel “right,” it is best to see a doctor to rule out an injury. Collisions between vehicles can create an exceptional amount of force. Being jerked around a vehicle during an impact can result in injuries that you cannot “see.” Remember, symptoms are your body’s way of letting you know that an injury has occurred. Therefore, do not ignore symptoms! See a doctor to protect your health and your ability to receive compensation from the driver who caused the injury.
Sacramento Car Accident Attorneys Who Can Help
Our Sacramento car accident attorneys want to help. We want to help you make sure that you receive the medical care you need to recover from injuries sustained in a traffic accident. In addition, we also want to help you receive a fair settlement for your injury claim.
To schedule a free consultation with a Sacramento personal injury attorney, contact The Tiemann Law Firm by calling (916) 999-9000 or by visiting our website. Our law firm serves clients in Sacramento, Folsom, Roseville, El Dorado Hills and other communities in the greater Sacramento area.