Auto accident injuries range from mild to severe, which include minor scrapes, broken bones, and sprains. Some drivers in Silver Springs, Maryland will notice the symptoms immediately following the accident. However, certain injuries may make a driver think they didn’t get hurt.
Causes of delayed symptoms
Adrenaline is a hormone that usually masks the symptoms as a way to keep the body from feeling stress after a traumatic event. Adrenaline causes several body responses, such as increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, and more strength. Endorphins are other hormones released after accidents that help the body stay calm and reliever pain.
The injured party won’t notice any symptoms the hormones wear off, but they still may not associate the symptoms with the accident. Stats show many people don’t report motor vehicle accidents until two or three days later, claiming no injury.
Delayed injuries and symptoms
Neck pain and back pain are common delayed injuries after motor vehicle accidents that may cause several injuries. Whiplash is a neck injury that causes the head to jerk harshly back and forth, which mostly occurs from rear-end accidents. Neck pain and back pain could also be a sign of a herniated disc or spinal cord injury.
A herniated disk means one or more of the gel-like structures that protect the spinal column got injured. It often causes intense pain, numbness, or tingling from disks protruding through the spine.
Abdominal pain could signal an internal injury, which only medical tests can confirm, but may go unnoticed for several days. Signs of internal injury include fainting, dizziness, purplish skin, headaches, balance issues, and lightheadedness.
Injured parties should not delay getting medical treatment after a vehicle accident. This is important not only for health, but not getting medical treatment may result in getting claims denied.