For most people, their first instinct after a car crash is to check themselves and other people for signs of serious injury. Ensuring that no one has any bleeding wounds and verifying that they can get themselves out of the vehicle is usually a top priority.
After that, the focus will quickly shift to handling the fallout of the crash. After police officers have taken a report and everyone is ready to leave the scene, you may want to head on to work or whatever destination you originally had before the crash.
Before you continue with your day, it’s probably smart to go see a doctor for a medical exam. A physician can help you rule out the potential for invisible injuries after a car crash. All of the common invisible injuries people suffer after a crash can have long-term medical consequences.
Some broken bones from car crashes are so severe that they are visibly obvious right away. Other fractures only become obvious when someone tries to put their weight on their leg or lift something with a broken arm.
A stable fracture where the break is complete or almost complete but the bone has not moved might not be obvious at first. It may be only after going back to work or lifting weights that the fracture worsens and demands medical attention. Left untreated, the fracture could worsen, damage nearby tissue or even result in the affected limb giving out unexpectedly.
Internal bleeding is more subtle than injuries that openly bleed, but that doesn’t mean it is less dangerous. People suffering from internal injuries can lose a life-threatening amount of blood or have pressure build up around their organs in a way that threatens bodily functions.
People hurt in car crashes usually have to worry about two different kinds of internal bleeding. Any kind of blow to the abdomen or torso might results in internal bleeding within the abdominal cavity. If not caught in time, it could prove fatal.
Those who strike their heads, lose consciousness or get rolled around in a crash may develop a traumatic brain injury. Such injuries often involve bleeding or bruising on the brain, although swelling from rough shaking can also lead to serious brain injuries. Internal bleeding might not produce symptoms at the scene of the crash, but it could get worse over time.
Having a doctor check you out after a collision will make it easier for you to detect the signs of these potentially life-threatening medical conditions. It will also make it easier for you to file an insurance claim if you need compensation for your medical care.