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Hidden injuries caused by a car wreck

After a car wreck you may think you are okay, not injured, only to find out later that you’ve actually been seriously injured.  How does this happen?  Why do “hidden injuries” occur?  It is because our bodies have a instinct called the “fight or flight response” that kicks into high gear when we are in harms way.

You might not discover you are injured until the danger has passed.  The attorneys at Wells, Purcell and Kraatz are familiar with these type of hidden injuries.  Injuries such as whiplash may not be apparent immediately, symptoms usually appear the next day.

Hidden Injuries Caused by a Car Wreck?


 Whiplash is the most common injury caused by a car wreck . These types of injuries occur when the head snaps back and then forward violently during a collision. The sudden back-and-forth motion causes neck strain and sprain. It may also stretch and/or tear the tendons and muscles in the neck.

If you experience any of the following aches or pains you may have a whiplash injury:

  • A stiff or “tight” neck;
  • Severe but usually dull, not sharp, neck pain; and,
  • Back pain.

If so, see a doctor immediately for diagnosis and treatment. Our office can also help answer any questions you have after a wreck.

Muscle, Tendon, and/or Ligament Injuries

Muscle, tendon, and/or ligament injuries can occur in the neck as a result of whiplash, but they can also occur in other areas of the body affected by the impact of the crash, such as in the knees or ankles.

Bruises and Swelling from Contact Injuries

Drivers and passengers can suffer bruises and swelling from contact with hard surfaces like the steering wheel or dashboard. Restraints like seat belts can also cause injury because of a sudden stop or crash


A concussion occurs when your brain forcefully makes contact with your skull resulting in injury or bruising. See a doctor immediately if you experience any of the following after a car wreck:

  • Dizziness;
  • A loss of balance or equilibrium when standing and walking; or,
  • Difficulty concentrating or remembering things.

Spinal Traumas

The spine itself can also sustain separate injury or trauma as a result of a motor vehicle wreck. Dislocates, fractures and compressed or crushed vertebrae are just a few spinal injuries commonly caused by an wreck. More symptoms may appear after the shock wears off to reveal severe, debilitating injuries that affect nerves and muscle control of different organs and body parts.


Call an experienced lawyer at WPK . The first consultation is free, and there’s never a fee unless you win your case. The attorneys at WPK have over 30 years success involving car wreck settlements, we can help you today!

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