After a Las Vegas car accident, it may not be apparent you have sustained serious injuries; however it is essential to seek medical attention immediately. Traumatic brain injury and whiplash are two types of injuries that may not show symptoms immediately after the accident – and could even take a few days to show up. The force of the injury could cause unseen damage, and the longer that damage is allowed to go untreated, the longer your recovery could take.
This is why it is important to seek medical treatment immediately after an accident – even if the accident was at low speeds. It is a common misconception that you need to be involved in a high speed accident to sustain injury. Even if you do not have scratches or bruises, the low speeds and force of whipping your body around could lead to serious injuries.
Seeking medical attention could save your life, but it will also help establish a case in the event you need to seek compensation for treatments and damages later on.
Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
You do not have to strike your head to suffer from a traumatic brain injury, which is why it is important to seek medical attention after an accident. All it takes is enough force for your brain to collide with your skull to cause injury – including bruising or bleeding inside the brain. After an accident, be on the lookout for the common symptoms of brain injuries, including:
- Loss of consciousness
- Light sensitivities
- Difficulties with memory or concentration
- Dilated pupils
- Mood swings
- Nausea or vomiting
- Dizziness or vertigo spells
- Numbness in other extremities (when paired with other symptoms above)
If you notice any of these symptoms, contact a doctor immediately. Your doctor will need to conduct an MRI scan of the brain to see if there is any underlying damage.
Whiplash injuries are often not apparent until a few hours to a few days after the accident. The pain, however, can be debilitating for some and even leave you unable to work or function. It is important that you keep an eye out for the common symptoms of whiplash and if you notice them, seek medical attention right away. Some common symptoms include:
- Neck pain
- Stiffness in the neck, shoulders or upper back
- Chronic headaches
- Fatigue or difficulty sleeping
- Pain or numbness in the arm, hands, or neck
- Pain in the shoulders
- Lower back pain
- Difficulty with memory or concentration
What to Do When You See a Doctor
If you do see a doctor, make sure you inform them that your injuries occurred in an auto accident so that it can be noted in your medical records. This will also help your doctor look for injuries that are common in accidents so that they can better target your treatments. Be specific when describing your symptoms as well – such as where the pain is, when it started and how it feels – so that your doctor can better identify the issue.
Speak with an Attorney
After you have sought medical treatment, speak with a Las Vegas personal injury attorney right away. An attorney can ensure you receive compensation for your injuries, but also for other damages that you may not be aware of – such as lost wages or pain and suffering. Contact De Castroverde Law Group for a consultation today after your accident. Schedule your appointment at 702-222-9999 or fill out an online contact form for more information.