Both minor and extreme car accidents in Ohio can involve injuries which might not appear for hours or days after the accident.
It is important that you do not declare your injuries to insurance companies until after you have seen a doctor and properly reported your accident, to ensure your claim covers all your potential medical bills.
Headaches after a car accident may not alarm you as they are fairly common after a stressful experience. Be aware however that this could be a symptom of something more severe such as a concussion, whiplash, neck or brain injury. Pay special attention to your headache, and visit the doctor if you hit your head during the accident.
- Stomach pain
Both stomach pain and swelling could indicate internal bleeding, and you should seek medical attention immediately if this is the case. Other effects you might experience include dizziness and bruising. These types of injuries can be life-threatening if they go untreated.
- Back pain
Back pain can be a sign of several different injuries, such as whiplash, muscle strains, ligament damage and even herniated disks. A damaged spine can lead to other side effects including sciatica or numbness.
- Neck or shoulder pain
Neck or shoulder pain can indicate whiplash, which is a very common car accident injury. This type of injury can sometimes heal itself, but if your neck begins to feel stiff, it is always good to see your doctor and be sure your spine was not damaged.
- Behavior changes
If you or someone close to you notices that your behavior is not quite normal, this could be a sign of a concussion-related brain injury. Side effects include memory issues, trouble thinking and depression, as well as vision or hearing changes.
If you have sustained an injury in a car accident, it is better not to finalize your injury claims with insurance companies until after your doctor has examined you thoroughly and you can be sure no other severe injuries appear after you have already made your insurance claim.