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7 delayed injury symptoms after a car crash


Vehicle accidents are generally horrific experiences — even when the damage is not severe. Even serious physical issues might not present any signs for several days.

If you’ve been in an accident, here are some of the more common symptoms that can appear several days later.


1. Headaches


Headaches that develop several days after a vehicle accident are common.


2. Neck or shoulder pain or stiffness


Whiplash is the classic delayed symptom injury associated with accidents.

“Most cases of whiplash injury occur as the result of rear-end vehicle collisions at speeds of less than 14 miles per hour,” according to patientinfo.com.


3. Back pain


Back pain that appears after an accident could be caused by injury to the muscles, ligaments or nerves in the back or even by damage to the vertebrae.


4. Abdominal pain or swelling


These signs could indicate internal bleeding. Other symptoms include large areas of deep purple bruising, dizziness and fainting.


5. Numbness


Loss of feeling in arms and hands is another indication of whiplash injury (also called whiplash associated disorder).


6. Changes in personality or physical function


These could signal traumatic brain injury resulting from a concussion.


7. PTSD


PTSD victims often have vivid memories of the event and nightmares. Sometimes victims feel as if the accident is recurring or have flashbacks. Children are especially susceptible.



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