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What Kind of Injuries Should You Look For After a Car Accident?

Car accidents can create a vast number of injuries including, but not limited to, whiplash, neck pain, lacerations, headaches, arthritis, scoliosis, sciatica, carpal tunnel, and herniated discs.

After you get into a car accident, it is important to be aware of the more common injuries that such crashes might cause. In the end, injuries are extremely common in most of all but the least damaging car crashes.

Many of these injuries may seem to be disconnected, or are latent, and are not apparent at the time of the crash. This is why it is always important to go to the doctor after a crash and get yourself checked out.

What Are The Common Side Effects & Injuries From Car Accidents?

Certain injuries are extremely common to car crashes. These injuries include:


Whiplash is the most common injury in car accidents, and occurs when a sudden impact forces your neck back and forth. This causes an injury in the neck, many times resulting in intense and consistent pain, as well as dizziness and blurred vision.

Neck and Back Pain

General Neck and back pain are common in car crashes, mainly due to the same reasons as whiplash. The sudden force of impact can cause movement that can herniate your discs, and damage vertebrates.

Soft Tissue Injuries

The muscles and other soft tissue can be sprained or ripped because of a car crash. Such damage can cause severe pain.


Car crashes can cause a piercing of the skin, creating infection and blood loss. Permanent disfigurement is also possible.

Broken Bones

Broken bones are common in car crashes. Such injuries can cause a loss of motion but can also damage other parts of the body.

Bruised Ribs

Bruised Ribs can be painful and cause a multitude of other injuries in the chest area. This specific injury generally causes chest pain and difficulty breathing.

Headaches and Migraines

Persistent headaches and migraines can be caused by most of the injuries mentioned above but can also occur because of the psychological trauma a car crash causes.

Injured and sore older man after Florida car accident

How Long After a Car Accident Do Injuries Appear?

Some injuries appear almost immediately, such as lacerations, but many others are not apparent for hours or even days after a car crash occurs. Whiplash is a notorious example of this type of damage. On average, any sign of whiplash takes 12-24 hours to appear. Many symptoms of whiplash could take days to appear, continually getting worse with each passing morning.

Certain latent injuries, such as internal bleeding or organ damage, may not always be apparent, but still need treatment right away. That is why you must also see a doctor after getting into a car accident, even if you do not believe you have any major injuries.

What Other Injuries Can Car Accidents Cause?

Can a car accident cause arthritis?

Yes. Car accidents can cause arthritis, and it is not uncommon for them to accelerate the rate of cartilage deterioration so that arthritis develops faster than it would have naturally.

Can a car accident cause scoliosis?

Yes. Scoliosis, or the abnormal curvature of the spine, can be caused traumatically during a car crash, even though the cause is usually unknown.

Can a car accident cause sciatica?

Yes. The sciatic nerve, which, when pinched, causes lower back pain and pain in one leg. This nerve can be pinched during a traumatic car crash.

Can a car accident cause carpal tunnel?

Any trauma to the wrist, including car accidents, can create or worsen carpal tunnel.

Can a car accident cause a herniated disc?

Yes, car accidents can shift discs for that they shift out of place and cause large amounts of pain and damage to the spine.

Can a car accident lawyer help me get reimbursement if they identify an injury after a car accident? Or do you have to go via ambulance at the scene of the accident for it to be covered?

Lawyers can help you even if you don’t identify an injury until after the car crash. While it is certainly easier to prove your case if you were transported to the hospital from the scene, and the emergency room doctor identified your injuries, it is certainly not necessary.

Doctors visited after the fact can and will make informed declaration as to the cause of your injuries, even connecting latent injuries back to the scene of the crash. It is imperative for this reason to keep all documentation from all medical visits safely organized.

Ideally, you would have a car accident attorney from the very beginning of your litigation, so that they can guide you through the medical treatment process in a way that makes sure you retain all important medical records, and get the treatment that you need to be reimbursed for your pain and suffering.

Still, if you are planning on getting a car accident attorney only after seeing many doctors it is important to retain all documentation and medical records.

Due to the vast and sometimes seemingly disconnected nature of car accident injuries it is always imperative to see a doctor as soon as possible.

Furthermore, due to the complicated nature of car accident claims, it is equally as important to see a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. It is difficult to get justice and heal your injuries on your own. You cannot hesitate to build a team of experts around you to help you get your life back.

If you are in need of an experienced personal injury lawyer, contact Bulluck Law Group today. We offer a free case evaluation to see if we’re a good fit as well as a No Recovery, No Fee Promise.

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