Non-Surgical Injuries to Keep an Eye on After a Car Accident

James Oronoz

Your car doesn’t have to be totaled for you to suffer injuries after a crash. Damage to your car does not equal potential harm to your physical and mental well-being. Even a low-impact fender bender creates painful injuries.

Here is a list of non-surgical accident injuries with severe and even life-threatening complications if undiagnosed and untreated.


Whiplash is commonly associated with rear-end collisions. The forceful impact from behind causes the neck to snap back and forth.

Whiplash Symptoms

According to the Mayo Clinic, whiplash can damage the spine, discs, ligaments, muscles, and nerves. Because whiplash primarily involves soft tissue, it doesn’t show up on an X-ray. The most common symptoms of whiplash include:


Some car accident victims recover from whiplash within several weeks. Others suffer chronic pain, reduced mobility, and pain that spreads to the shoulders and arms for years. Chronic pain may cause depression, irritability, sleep and appetite disturbances, and a diminished quality of life.


A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury. Concussions are caused by a blow to the head and violent shaking of the head and upper body. Any head injury disrupts regular brain activity and function.

Concussion Symptoms

Some people lose consciousness with a concussion, but many do not. There might be a large bump on the head or hardly any swelling.

Many people don’t realize that they suffered a concussion until one or more of the following symptoms appear:


Concussions may cause bleeding and swelling in the brain. Brain bleeds are a life-threatening condition that may require emergency surgery. Approximately 50,000 Americans die each year from brain injuries.

Brain injuries may cause permanent physical or cognitive impairment. Non-fatal but persistent post-concussive symptoms can linger for months and years. Victims suffer from headaches, vertigo, and dizziness. They might need to limit their activities.

Stomach Pain

Car accidents create stress and anxiety, which may cause stomach pain. But some stomach pain indicates more serious injury.

A ruptured spleen can cause stomach pain after a car accident. Located under your rib cage on your left side, the spleen is vulnerable to tears by a forceful blow to your abdomen.

Without emergency care, ruptured spleens may cause life-threatening bleeding into your abdominal cavity.

Symptoms of a Ruptured Spleen

The most common symptoms of a damaged or ruptured spleen include:


The biggest threat from a ruptured spleen is internal bleeding, a fatal condition if untreated. Victims usually need emergency surgery.

The spleen filters your blood and helps your body fight infections. You can live without a spleen, but you have a significantly higher risk of illness and poor health.

Swelling, Bruising & Pain

Any swelling, bruising, or pain could indicate a fractured bone. Fractures are partial or complete breaks in a bone.

Symptoms of a Fracture

The shock and adrenaline from a car accident can mask the pain of a bone fracture. The most common symptoms of a fractured bone include:


Doctors treat fractures with a cast, splint, traction, pain medication, or a combination. Fractures take a long time to heal and may cause swelling or bleeding in nearby muscles. A complete fracture or break may break blood vessels, causing a potentially lethal blood clot.

Always Get Prompt Medical Care

Non-surgical injuries can become major medical conditions and even a life-or-death situation if untreated. Always get medical care after any car accident, no matter how “minor” it seems. Only a licensed medical practitioner can tell you if you have any hidden injuries and put you on an appropriate treatment plan.

Medical Documentation

Prompt medical treatment also helps you document your injuries. You will need proof of your injuries to hold the at-fault party responsible for your medical bills, lost pay, and other losses. Going to the doctor after the crash helps establish the validity of your injuries when it’s time to pursue compensation.

Talk to a Las Vegas Car Accident Attorney

If you were injured in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses. An experienced Las Vegas car accident attorney at Oronoz & Ericsson helps you recover damages from the liable party.

For a free no-obligation consultation with our injury attorneys, call (702) 878-2889 or use our online contact form.

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