What if I Start to Feel Nauseated After My Accident?

In the hours, days, and even weeks after a Nevada car accident, you may experience several medical symptoms—or, none whatsoever. Although symptoms from injuries resulting from a car accident can vary as much as the parties involved, some are more common than others. Feeling nauseated after a Nevada car accident is not uncommon and could be a sign of several different injuries.

What to do if You are Feeling Nauseated

If you start feeling nauseated or start vomiting after a Nevada car accident, the very first thing you must do is see a healthcare provider as quickly as possible. Should your nausea be severe and accompanied by vomiting, head or neck pain, dizziness, numbness or tingling, fainting, or even cognitive issues, you should get emergency care immediately. This is true even if your Nevada car accident happened several days ago and your nausea symptoms only just recently appeared.

When your body experiences physical trauma from a Nevada car accident or any other type of physical harm, it releases a flood of chemicals known as endorphins. Endorphins numb pain and give out other signals to the human body, allowing the person to more easily reach a safe place. Once the endorphins wear off, symptoms that did not readily appear after the accident will surface. Of note, just because you do not feel nauseated after an accident does not mean your injuries are any less harmful.

Injuries Associated with Nausea

Nausea is a common symptom of several types of medical conditions, particularly shock and head injuries. Feeling nauseated can be one of the first signs that you have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) because of the car accident. A TBI is an injury to the brain that is not easily diagnosed because symptoms often show up days or even weeks later. Depending on the severity of the TBI—whether it is diagnosed as mild, moderate, or severe—an injured victim may experience long-term issues with mental processing, emotional instability, speech problems, and even motor skill and coordination issues. Nausea may also be a sign of neck damage that could have been caused by several underlying medical conditions including organ damage, broken bones, and whiplash, among others. Feeling nauseated is likely the first sign that you are in need of medical care, no matter at what speed the crash occurred. Ignoring this and failing to seek treatment can have negative consequences both medically and legally.

Protecting Your Rights

Insurance companies will often assume that if you did not seek medical treatment after being involved in a Nevada car accident, your injuries must not be that serious or, even worse, that you were not injured at all. Seeking medical treatment as quickly as possible if you feel nauseated, or experience any other symptom, is vital to preserving your rights in a personal injury case. If you or someone you know has been injured in Nevada, contact the knowledgeable personal injury attorneys at Parry & Pfau. Click here to schedule your consultation and learn about your rights and obligations under the law.

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