When someone is involved in a car accident in Rochester, whether it is a minor fender-bender or multiple car crash, physiological and psychological states can go into hyperdrive. The brain “orders” the body to release chemicals such as adrenaline and endorphins to reduce pain, increase alertness and redirect energy to where it is needed most. Many hours after a car crash, your body may still be “on alert”, pumping out stress hormones that prevent, or reduce, you from feeling symptoms of a serious injury.
Because car accident injury victims may “feel” alright after an accident, they don’t always go to the doctor.
The most common type of injury that may not cause painful symptoms until days or even weeks after a car accident are “soft tissue” injuries. Involving the muscles, ligaments and tendons, soft tissue injuries can occur if a car is suddenly rammed from behind or T-boned.
Whiplash can be a delayed symptom of musculoskeletal injury after car crashes in Rochester. You don’t need to be in a serious car accident to suffer whiplash. Getting rear-ended by a car traveling at a relatively slow speed is enough to cause strain and inflammation to your back and neck soft tissues.
Headaches are another type of delayed injury that can arise from neck/head injuries, concussions and blood clots in the brain.
Abdominal swelling and pain days after involvement in a Rochester car crash can mean worsening of internal bleeding. Purple/black bruising, fainting and dizziness are some other symptoms of internal bleeding.
Brain injuries can affect you even if you did not hit your head during an accident. A diagnosis of whiplash complicated by a brain injury is not uncommon. Signs of a brain injury can appear days after an accident, including cognitive problems, confusion, blurry vision and even personality changes.
If you have been a victim of a reckless Rochester driver, call William Mattar today to make an appointment to speak to Rochester car accident attorney about your case.