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Is numbness a bad sign after a car accident?

On Behalf of | May 17, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Driving in Louisiana comes with risks and avoiding a crash isn’t always possible. Minor collisions may result in little more than damage to your vehicle. Other crashes could lead to horrible injuries. Sometimes, a driver or passenger could suffer what appears to be a minor injury. Unfortunately, such self-assessments might be woefully inaccurate. A person may ignore numbness after a crash, not realizing how severe the problem is.

Don’t ignore any signs of harm

In a collision’s aftermath, crash victims could suffer pounding headaches and debilitating pain. Such signs might motivate the victim to seek medical attention right away. With minor aches or numbness, a person could choose to wait a few days to see if things get better. Sadly, things may get far worse.

Tingling in the hands or feet could indicate a spinal cord injury. Numbness may indicate nerve damage, which could lead to a more severe condition. Ignoring the body’s warning signs may lead to regrettable outcomes. A person could suffer a broken neck and not realize it, setting the stage for the already terrible injury to worsen.

Other signs of injuries

Numbness and tingling aren’t the only “slight” feelings an injured person might experience. Pain in the abdomen could indicate anything from a muscle tear to internal bleeding. Without a thorough examination, the victim might never know how bad things are.

Mood swings, memory loss, back pain, and other issues could arise. In some situations, failing to seek treatment after strange symptoms occur could lead to a life-threatening condition.

An auto insurance policy may be available to compensate the victim of a crash for medical care, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Filing a claim may be required to start the process of recovery.

A personal injury attorney can assist with the claims process and initiate legal action against responsible parties if necessary.