If you walked away after a crash, a sigh of relief may prove fleeting. Absent a medical exam, you cannot rule out the possibility of a hidden injury.
Some damage inflicted to the body during a car accident may not exhibit obvious signs or symptoms right afterward. However, this does not mean there is not something lurking beneath that may cause you actual harm. Take a look at some of the injuries your body may have in the wake of a collision.
Seat belts do indeed save countless lives. In the process, they may also cause injuries. While bruising under the belt may appear, what you do not see is internal damage. The abdomen especially is prone to bear the brunt of internal damage due to the tightest of the lap belt. Look out for signs of a bleed that may include fever, nausea, stomach pain and a bruise that appears, grows larger or gets dark.
No, your head does not have to strike a hard object to sustain damage. While this is the most obvious sign of a concussion, it is not the only one. Since the brain may become mobile in the head due to shaking or snapping, the tissue may face damage from hitting the bone. This action may cause the tissue to bleed, bruise and swell. If you experience a severe headache, vomiting, sleep disturbance or sensory changes, you may have a brain injury.
Delayed-onset injuries may cause severe damage if not treated. After an accident, your adrenaline may help mask signs of injury. It is always better to get a checkup to rule out sneaky internal injuries.