Symptoms that require medical attention after a car accident

When people are involved in a minor car accident in South Carolina, they may be medically discharged right at the scene of the crash. In the days and weeks following their accident, symptoms that they begin experiencing could be easy to discredit as something they would occasionally experience anyway. However, non-visible injuries in a car accident could be difficult to detect, and if people do not pay attention to the way they are feeling in the months after their accident, they could put themselves at risk of suffering an even worse injury. 

According to KTAR News, some of the symptoms people notice that require medical attention or follow-up after their accident include the following:

  • Back, neck, shoulder and head pain.
  • Stiffness or swelling.
  • Gradual numbing of extremities.
  • PTSD or emotional trauma.
  • Changes in their personality or mood.

If a person begins to recognize a decrease in their ability to perform daily functions that require physical stamina, they should also reach out to their doctor for an evaluation. If they are questioning whether or not a symptom is related to their accident at all, they should seek the advice of a medical expert who can provide a thorough evaluation of their health. When a potential problem is caught in enough time, a person's doctor can prescribe therapy or medical treatments to prevent the injury from becoming any worse with time. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in the year 2016, there were over 1,000 fatalities from traffic accidents in South Carolina.  

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