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What are hidden injuries?

On Behalf of | Mar 7, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Many people who have suffered from car accidents have visible injuries. These injuries may include cuts, bruises, broken limbs or other severe injuries. Some people will believe that they didn’t experience any injuries after a car accident. However, it’s possible that these people did suffer from hidden injuries.

Victims of car accidents may need to consider getting medical attention to help ensure they are not suffering from hidden injuries. There’s more you should know:

What should you do if you suspect you have a hidden injury? 

Hidden injuries are not immediately obvious. People often don’t realize they have suffered from hidden injuries because adrenaline from an accident obscured their pain. As a result, they may not seek medical attention after an accident. But, these injuries can appear several days or weeks later, which is why it’s important to seek medical attention promptly. 

A concussion, for example, may not always be obvious until a victim realizes they are suffering from dizziness, headaches and sensitivity. Internal bleeding can also be hidden for several days. It may not be until a victim’s internal bleeding becomes life-threatening before they realize what is happening.

A doctor can perform necessary tests on victims to create a medical record. This medical record can be used to ensure that the victim is compensated for their injuries and medical expenses. A medical report may also help victims if they decide to pursue legal action against the party responsible for the accident. A medical report could be used as evidence supporting the victim’s claim that they did suffer injuries from an auto accident.