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6 Common types of car accident injuries that may go unnoticed

In the aftermath of a car accident, your adrenaline is pumping and you're scrambling to process what just happened. During these periods of high stress, it's common to be unaware of injuries you may have suffered. Everyone reacts differently to car accidents, so it's important to be attentive to your body's reaction to the event for the next several weeks.

While you recover, watch out for symptoms of these injuries that are oftentimes unnoticed or delayed until well after a car accident.

Blood clot in the brain

Blood clots happen when too many sticky blood cells form after a blood vessel is damaged. Clots that block the flow of oxygen to the brain are the most common cause of strokes. Other symptoms may include:

  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Blurred vision
  • Severe headache
  • Loss of coordination
  • Loss of balance


A concussion is a common type of traumatic brain injury that occurs when your brain hits your skull. Concussion symptoms may include:

  • Blurred or double vision
  • Nausea
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Dizziness
  • Memory problems
  • Mood swings


Whiplash injuries are one of the most common injuries for drivers and passengers involved in car accidents. Whiplash symptoms may go unnoticed for days or weeks after the accident. Symptoms of whiplash include:

  • Pain in the neck, arm, back, muscles or shoulders
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Numbness in hands and arms
  • A sensation of pins and needles
  • Muscle spasms

Back injury

Pain, numbness or tingling in the back could be an indication of a herniated disc, a pinched nerve or injury to the ligaments, muscles, nerves or vertebrae in the back. These injuries may lead to chronic pain if they are not treated. Related symptoms of a back injury may include:

  • Decreased range of motion
  • Muscle spasms
  • Overactive reflexes
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Stiffness

Mental trauma

There are a number of emotional injuries that can take several months to develop after a car accident. Emotional injuries could include depression, anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, seek attention from a doctor:

  • Regular flashbacks to the incident
  • Mood swings
  • Insomnia or nightmares
  • Anxiety
  • Fear or mistrust
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities
  • Emotional detachment

Internal Bleeding

Internal bleeding can go undetected for many days, but quickly becomes life-threatening if not tended to. Symptoms of internal bleeding may include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Bruising
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Blood in urine

Many people who experience these injuries do not consider that their pain may be a result of a recent car accident. If you have been involved in a car accident, tell your doctor how you are feeling and don't forget to mention the accident. If there is reason to suspect your injuries were caused by a crash, contact an attorney who can help you build a claim for compensation.

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