When people think of car accidents that occur on Virginia highways, broken bones with bruises, burns and other visible types of trauma usually come to mind. However, there are many hidden injuries that someone can sustain as a result of a motor vehicle crash, and they can be just as harmful as visible injuries, if not more harmful in the cases where the trauma goes unnoticed and untreated.
If someone gets into an accident on the roads of Virginia, these are a couple of examples of invisible injuries they should be aware of.
Traumatic brain injuries
Someone can have a traumatic brain injury and appear perfectly healthy to everyone who comes across them. Even the person with the trauma may be unaware of what is lurking underneath. Some signs of a TBI include nausea, memory loss, difficulty waking up, dilated pupils and severe headaches. TBIs are serious and people with these symptoms ought to seek treatment as soon as possible.
Psychological diagnoses such as anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder are common occurrences after a bad motor vehicle accident. While there can be physical symptoms, for example, shakiness and rapid heartbeat with severe anxiety, psychological disorders are generally invisible to the naked eye. Seeking help for mental health is just as important as doing so for physical health.
By being aware of some of the invisible injuries that may occur after a car accident, people can seek treatment for these injuries right away and take steps to ensure their continued good health.