When most people think about car accidents, they think about injuries like whiplash, broken bones, and cuts and bruises. The physical problems that can arise after a car accident can go far beyond that, however.
It’s also possible that some symptoms and injuries won’t reveal themselves until hours, days, or even weeks after you’ve been in a car accident. This is why you should pay careful attention to anything that seems off in your body after a car accident, even if it’s been a week or two since the accident occurred.
Even small things that you might consider to be common or minor symptoms are important. Signs like stiffness or pains could indicate more severe injuries that you aren’t aware of. One symptom, in particular, that should trigger a visit to the doctor is feelings of dizziness or vertigo.
Can Car Accidents Cause Vertigo?
Vertigo and dizziness are fairly common symptoms after a car accident, especially when your body has suffered a big jolt or you’ve hit your head directly. That doesn’t mean, however, that they should be taken lightly.
There are several different types of injuries that can result in vertigo. Some will heal on their own and others require immediate medical attention. Of course, no matter what the cause turns out to be, it’s always better to be safe rather than sorry when it comes to your health and wellbeing, especially after a traumatic event like an auto accident.
What Is Vertigo?
Vertigo is a sensation of spinning or dizziness. Most people describe it as feeling like either their head or the space around them is spinning. It can be something that comes and goes, lasting only a short time, or it can continue for long periods. As you might imagine, this disorienting feeling often comes with or generates other symptoms such as:
- Loss of balance
- Nausea or vomiting
- Ringing in the ears
- Feeling lightheaded
Car Accident Injuries That Commonly Cause Vertigo
When you are involved in a car accident, especially at moderate to high speeds, your body undergoes an extraordinary amount of stress. It’s easy to envision things like arms and legs hitting the surfaces of the car around you, but many people don’t think about the fact that your internal organs get jolted and shaken just as much as your outer body.
In fact, it’s possible to sustain internal injuries that don’t show any of the outward signs we’re used to seeing, such as bruises or bleeding. In many cases, it’s these internal injuries that can cause vertigo after an auto accident.
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries reported after a car accident. It is caused by the sudden jerking of your head neck forward and then back again. The sudden, extreme movement can stretch your neck past its normal range of motion, causing tendons and muscle fibers to tear.
Whiplash injuries can affect nerves in your neck as well as the brainstem and cerebellum. Problems with any of the three can cause your brain to receive or interpret signals incorrectly, resulting in problems with balance, spatial awareness, and coordination.
Concussions can be caused by whiplash or a direct blow to the head. They are considered to be the mildest form of traumatic brain injuries (TBI). This doesn’t make a concussion any less serious, however. It is a brain injury.
A concussion may be obvious right away or it may not present symptoms for days or sometimes weeks after the injury is sustained. One of the most common symptoms of a concussion—and brain injuries in general—is vertigo.
If you believe you’ve suffered a brain injury, you should seek medical attention immediately. Brain injuries can get worse with time if not properly treated.
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo is the result of a problem with the portion of the inner ear that helps the body and brain control balance.
There are tiny crystals of calcium called otoliths in the inner ear that help tells your brain the position of your head. These otoliths can become dislodged after a sharp blow to the head, causing periods of vertigo following movements such as standing from a sitting position or turning over in bed.
A cervicogenic injury is an injury to the nerves or bones in the neck. It can be caused by things like whiplash or sudden impact. This type of injury can affect the sensory receptors in the body that respond to movement and position, causing feelings of vertigo.
Are You Experiencing Vertigo After A Car Accident?
If you have been experiencing episodes of vertigo after being involved in a car accident, you should contact a doctor immediately. Only a doctor will be able to diagnose and treat the root cause of your vertigo properly.
You should also contact an experienced Pennsylvania car accident lawyer to make sure that your rights are protected. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and resulting in medical treatment.
Our team at Solnick And Associates specializes in Pennsylvania personal injury cases. We have the knowledge and experience you’ll want behind you to ensure that your rights are protected and that you get the compensation you are entitled to. Consultations are free and confidential.
Contact us online or call (877) 415-6495 to schedule an appointment. We’ll be happy to go over the details of your case and discuss what we can do to help you.