Three of the most common repercussions of a personal injury are head injuries, neck injuries, and mental difficulties. All three may not appear immediately after an accident, but they should be continually monitored by your doctor in the days following the event.
The most common head injury is a concussion. Although the severity of the concussion varies with the impact of the accident, concussions are known to cause significant drops in blood circulation to the brain, which makes it more difficult for the brain to absorb needed nutrients. They also increase the chance of brain shrinkage, which can make communication and learning difficult as well as cause emotional challenges.
Neck injuries are most often caused by whiplash, which occurs when your body does not have time to respond to the impact of an accident. Whiplash can cause damage to the neck’s soft tissues and can result in symptoms such as headaches, stiff neck, back pain, and dizziness. You may also find you have difficulty concentrating or remembering things well.
Lastly, accidents can be traumatic events, and while many people are able to move through the emotions associated with personal injury, others can become depressed or anxious or even develop post-traumatic stress disorder surrounding the event. Such PTSD could lead to a fear of driving. Although the physical scars of an accident may heal quickly, mentally-related problems could take longer to resolve, which is why it is important to maintain treatment with a therapist or psychologist if applicable.