Any car injury, from a simple fender-bender to a severe collision, can cause harm. However, some severe injuries may not be immediately apparent, and looking for delayed symptoms could be vital in getting the treatment you need.

1. Neck and back injuries

A vehicle’s impact can cause a wide variety of neck and back injuries, including whiplash, herniated disks, sprains, and strains. While some injuries may cause pain immediately after an accident, many symptoms may take hours, days, or weeks. Delayed symptoms of neck and back injuries include:

  • Headaches
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Bruising
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of balance
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Numbness or tingling

These symptoms could be a sign of more severe injuries.

2. Traumatic brain injuries

When a person experiences a head injury or a sudden motion, the brain can strike the inside of the skull. Because they do not always involve external damage, concussions and other traumatic brain injuries can be difficult to identify immediately after an accident.

These injuries to the brain can cause a wide range of symptoms, including:

  • Headaches
  • Lack of memory from before or after the injury
  • Feeling dazed, stunned or hazy
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Changes in personality, mood or behavior
  • Clumsiness
  • Nausea
  • Changes in sleep patterns

Brain injuries can have a long-term impact on victims’ cognitive abilities, memory and ability to learn.

3. Internal bleeding

Just as concussions can go unnoticed after an accident because they do not necessarily involve external wounds, internal bleeding symptoms can take time to appear. Dark and persistent bruises, severe abdominal pain, low blood pressure, weakness, dizziness and numbness could be signs that you need medical attention immediately.

One of the best ways to prevent these injuries from damaging your health is to seek medical attention immediately after a crash. Even if you do not believe that your injuries are severe, your doctor can help identify these serious conditions and protect your health.