Hide and Seek: Get the Right Scans to
Uncover Car Accident Injuries

Hide and Seek: Get the Right Scans to Uncover Car Accident Injuries

Road accidents are a regular occurrence in the US. In fact, over seven million vehicle crashes were reported in 2016, while nearly three million people reported personal injuries. The prevalence of the type of accident emphasizes the importance of remaining calm and seeking immediate treatment, whether you were involved in a major or minor crash.

After all, you may think you’ve come out with only a few bruises, but some injuries’ symptoms take time before manifesting.

Additionally, seeking immediate medical attention helps you strengthen your personal injury claims. Your Care Health Network takes pride in helping accident victims receive the necessary treatment and document all injuries or symptoms to support their insurance claims. Take note, too, that as a Florida resident, you only have fourteen days to seek treatment for car accident injuries for your insurance to cover the treatments.

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After the Adrenaline Fades

The rush of adrenaline following an accident can mask the feeling of pain.  Once the adrenaline wears off, however, you may start to notice symptoms, such as:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness or nausea
  • Back, shoulder, and chest pains
  • Inflammation and bruising
  • Double or blurred vision
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle spasms
  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Numbness
  • Poor memory or clouded thinking

The manifestation of these symptoms may point to you having sustained latent injuries that may worsen over time. Common hidden injuries are:

Whiplash

A whiplash injury happens when your neck is jerked backward and forward suddenly during a collision. The action causes excessive strain on the neck and spine, resulting in a temporary and unnatural S-shape of the cervical spine. It can also cause the tendons and ligaments in your neck to tear, resulting in a herniated disc.

Concussions

Hitting your head on your steering wheel, dashboard, or airbag can cause a concussion. Symptoms of a concussion don’t always appear immediately — it may even take days or months. Moreover, symptoms such as trouble sleeping and irritability are easy to overlook. Concussions may also lead to acute hemorrhage and blood clotting, which can cause seizures or death.

Better Safe than Sorry

You may be asked to undergo at least one diagnostic test after a car accident to ensure your well-being and uncover any latent injuries. Three of the most common diagnostic exams are X-rays, computed tomography or CT scans, and magnetic resonance imaging or MRI scans.
  • X-Rays

X-ray scans are the most affordable of the three. Physicians commonly order X-ray scans to assess bone injuries, such as fractures or dislocations, and other internal injuries.

  • CT Scans

These allow physicians to take an image of your bones, soft tissue, and blood vessels in one go. It’s also often used to check for concussions, soft tissue damage, and lung issues following car accidents.

  • MRI Scans

These scans are done to check for herniated discs and similar injuries. It can also be used to check for brain tumors or traumatic brain injuries. Additionally, you can request an MRI scan if you continue to show symptoms of latent injuries despite your X-ray and CT scans coming back clean.

Proper Treatment and Therapy

Accurately diagnosing all of your injuries, especially the hidden ones, plays a significant role in getting the treatment and therapy you need. Your Care Health Network helps you get immediate medical treatment with the proper documentation on your injuries to support your claims. Moreover, we will also work with you to create a comprehensive treatment plan.

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