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Could Your Post-Accident Symptoms Be More Serious Than You Think?

After you have been involved in an auto vehicle accident, you may feel quite shocked; you may even feel sore. But sometimes those who appear to walk away unscathed end up experiencing delayed symptoms indicative of an injury, which can be very severe – or even life-threatening. Here are a few post-accident symptoms to look for after a car accident

Post-Accident Symptoms to Look Out For


By far one of the most common symptoms post-accident is a headache. Generally, a headache after an auto crash will go away on its own and has little significance. However, sometimes a headache can be a sign of something more ominous, such as a brain injury or a blood clot. 

Pain in the Neck or Shoulders

Another common symptom after a car accident is pain around the neck and shoulders. When we get into a crash, we likely experience whiplash, where our head and neck move forward. However, if your neck or shoulders feel stiff, it could also be something more serious, like an injury of the spine.

Pain in the Torso

If you experience pain in the abdomen after an accident it should be checked out as soon as possible. Pain in the abdomen may be indicative of a serious or life-threatening injury. If you have suffered an internal injury, it must be treated immediately. Be sure to seek medical attention. 

Back Pain

There are many causes of back pain after an auto vehicle accident. Again, it could be something as common as whiplash or soft tissue damage, but it could be something more serious like a herniated disc. However, if you begin to experience any numbness or tingling, you may also have a pinched nerve. 


Speaking of numbness and tingling, not only can this sensation occur when there has been an injury to a nerve, but it can also be a sign of an injury to the spinal column. Keep an eye out for these symptoms and see a doctor immediately if they should occur. 

Behavior Changes

Car crashes are the third most common cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the second leading cause of death from TBI. Since it can be difficult to see yourself in an objective light, ask those close to you to keep an eye out for any significant changes in your personality, as it can be indicative of a TBI. If you experience issues with hearing, vision, depression, or memory, you should seek medical attention. 

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD is a mental disorder that can be experienced after a traumatic event. You may experience things such as flashbacks, panic attacks, fear of getting in a vehicle, or anxiety and depression. PTSD generally comes on slowly and worsens over time. If you experience this, speak with your doctor.  

Be aware of any injuries, no matter how serious, as they can always signal something more severe. No one knows your body better than you. If you are concerned about anything it is important to speak with your physician and seek medical attention immediately.

The Attorneys at Jones Kahan Law, LLC Can Help Those in Ohio Who Have Been Injured in a Car Accident

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, it can greatly impact many parts of your life. The physical, emotional, and financial toll can be overwhelming. That’s why it is so important to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced auto accident attorney. 

At Jones Kahan Law, LLC, our Cincinnati personal injury attorneys have a long history of dealing with auto accidents and have helped our clients to recover the compensation that they deserve. We will fight for what is in your best interest. We don’t charge you any attorneys’ fees until we win your case. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!