Feeling nauseous after an accident is not an uncommon side effect. Oftentimes people will start to feel nauseous because being involved in an accident can be a very stressful event. Something to be aware of is that sometimes nausea, or the feeling that you need to vomit can be a symptom of something much larger. It is not our purpose to scare you, but to educate you on the possible reasons why you may feel nauseous after an accident and what the steps you should take.
Medical Reasons for Nausea After an Accident
Our bodies are extremely sensitive to injury or trauma and there can be a lot of reasons why you get an upset stomach after an accident. Even minor car crashes can cause vertigo – which results in nausea or vomiting. Anxiety, fear, and the stress that comes naturally when you have been in an accident can cause nausea. In some cases, you can experience nausea without physical issues present. However, nausea and vomiting can also be signs of something more serious. These are usually the first signs of a head, neck, or brain injury. Other times, nausea can be a sign that the person is experiencing shock after an accident. Nausea can also be the first sign of a traumatic brain injury, internal organ damage, whiplash, broken bones, and other serious injuries. Nausea and vomiting can be the cause of numerous other underlying injuries and determining the reason is necessary to ensure that you get the right medical treatment.
Car accidents impose trauma on the body and even a slow-speed accident can cause injuries, especially if your head or any other body part hits the door, the frame, window, or another part of the car. Nausea can be an early sign that you need to seek medical attention right away and should not be ignored. Delaying medical care has both medical and legal consequences.
Some car accident victims tend to get nauseous and start vomiting due to injuries suffered to internal organs such as the spleen or kidneys. Renal failure is when the kidneys fail to work properly and when there are signs of traumatic renal failure due to a car accident, it can be life threatening as well as lead to other organ’s failing.
See a Doctor Immediately
The reason to see a doctor immediately after your accident is twofold. The first reason to see a doctor after being injured and experiencing symptoms of nausea and/or vomiting is to make sure that there are no underlying issues. If your nausea is severe and it is accompanied by vomiting, dizziness, neck, or head pain, we urge you to seek emergency medical care. Trauma to the brain is a very serious injury. A lot of times people are unaware that they have suffered from a concussion due to an accident. Even if it has been several days since your accident occurred, we always encourage anyone who has been injured to seek medical attention right away. This is because most injuries have a tendency to lay dormant for a few hours and up to a few weeks after an accident because of endorphins your body builds up. When your body experiences trauma in an accident, it releases endorphins that numb the pain and other triggers, making it easier for the injured person to get to safety. Once these endorphins wear off, the symptoms that weren’t as obvious become more apparent. Not experiencing nausea or other symptoms until several hours or even days after an accident is not uncommon. Nausea is a common symptom of head and/or neck injuries as well as a common sign of shock and stress.
The second reason to seek medical attention right after an accident is that the insurance company will assume that if you did not get the attention needed, your injuries are not that serious or that you were never injured in the accident. Seeing a doctor as soon as possible once you start feeling nauseous or start showing signs of other injuries, will help to establish that you were injured in the accident and that you are entitled to compensation for those injuries.
Seeing a doctor as soon as the nausea sets in will protect both your health and legal rights. Since nausea can be a sign of something much worse, don’t ignore it – seek medical attention right away.
If you are experiencing symptoms of nausea and vomiting after an accident, it is vital to seek medical attention right away. If the accident you were involved in was due to the negligence of another driver, be sure to contact an Orange County personal injury attorney at Silverthorne Attorneys as soon as possible.