Those injured often measure the severity of the injury by the amount of blood or number of broken bones. Trauma to your body comes in many different forms, including some that don’t require an immediate ride in an ambulance. This delayed diagnosis of injury may come only after the pain does not go away or increases over time.
Examples of severe but less apparent injuries
Cuts, burns and broken bones are easy enough to identify, but these other injuries may not be:
- Traumatic brain injuries: These occur when a victim’s head is violently struck or shook. Symptoms include blurry vision, memory loss, fatigue, nausea or sensitivity to light.
- Emotional trauma: Being involved in a serious accident can cause post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, stress or depression, making it hard to return to work or affect your ability to enjoy things that used to make you happy.
- Internal injuries: Those using safety gear like a seatbelt can still suffer trauma to the internal organs. You may not even realize until later when a doctor conducts tests.
- Herniated discs: Spinal injuries are often hard to treat and can linger for years, affecting your ability to move without pain. A sore back could be a herniated disc pushing against a nerve to cause extreme pain, numbness, tingling or weakness.
- Soft tissue: These injuries involve sprains, strains, swelling and bruising to muscles and tendons, and they can grow progressively worse over time.
Get the help you need
Those with questions or concerns about a seemingly minor injury suffered during a motor vehicle crash, a work incident or a slip and fall event should seek medical help. It can either provide peace of mind or identify an overlooked injury. Depending upon the severity of the damage, personal injury claims against the individual or entity that caused the injury may also be necessary.