Feeling nauseous after an accident is not an uncommon side effect. Oftentimes people will start to feel nauseous because an accident is a very stressful event. Sometimes nausea, or the feeling that you need to vomit can be a symptom of something much larger. We are not trying to scare you. We do want to educate you on the possible reasons why you may feel nauseous after an accident.
Medical Reasons for Nausea After an Accident
Our bodies are extremely sensitive to injury or trauma. 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 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 other underlying injuries. Determining the reason is necessary to ensure that you get the right medical treatment.
What if I Start to Feel Nauseous After my Accident?
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. Delaying medical care has both medical and legal consequences.
Some car accident victims tend to get nauseous due to injuries suffered to internal organs such as the spleen or kidneys. Renal failure is when the kidneys fail to work properly. When there are signs of renal failure, it can 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 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, we always encourage anyone 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, 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.
Another reason to seek medical attention after an accident is the insurance company will assume that it was not necessary. They may also conclude that your injuries are not serious or that there were no injuries during the accident. Seeing a doctor as soon as possible will help to establish that your injuries are because of the accident. It also helps to prove that you deserve compensation for those injuries.
Hire an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
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, 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.