Post-Accident Symptoms that Should Not Be Ignored

Incurring a personal injury due to a car accident can have both short-term and long-term effects on your mind and body. Some injuries are much easier to diagnose like a broken bone or a laceration. However, there are plenty of personal injuries that can occur after the actual accident takes place. Some symptoms can even occur days after your accident and after you have filed an ICBC claim.

After a car accident, it is important to take stock of all your injuries, even if you consider them to be minor. Common accident symptoms that lots of people ignore include whiplash or other neck injuries. The symptoms for these types of injuries can occur a few hours after the accident because your neck and back muscles tighten up or tear which can result in ligament damage. Remember: You may feel fine initially but that could be due to adrenaline in your system. Within a few hours, you may start to feel the tell-tale signs of whiplash.

Other post-accident symptoms to be aware of include:
Head injuries: hitting your head during an accident could include loss of consciousness, a concussion, a stiff neck, and possibly a fracture or more serious brain trauma.
Spinal injuries: trauma to your neck can result in a spinal injury, anywhere from a fracture to swelling which can gradually develop in the spinal cord area.

Always remember not to refuse medical attention after an accident, no matter how minor you think the accident may be.

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