3 Most Common Complaints After a Car Accident

Car accidents happen every day.  Some are minor fender benders and some are devastating.  The condition of the car does not always directly relate to the injuries sustained by the people involved.  For instance, a minor fender bender could leave a passenger with severe whiplash, and a major accident could very well leave someone with virtually no pain until days or weeks after due to the rush of adrenaline.  That is why it is very important to get checked out and evaluated by a doctor within days of an accident.  The sooner you address a problem the sooner it goes away.

Even though there are many complaints that I hear from car accidents, here are the top 3 most common:



Developing headaches after an auto accident is one of the most common symptoms people have. Usually, they are completely harmless and will go away in time.  However, sometimes they can signal much more severe problems like an injury to your neck or head, or even a serious concussion.

 If you develop headaches after an accident, it’s a good idea to see a doctor. You want to be sure it’s not a sign of a worse condition that can cause serious damage to your health.

You also need to be aware of the risk of traumatic brain injury. If you hit your head in an accident, the soft tissue of your brain may impact the hard interior skull of your head.

This could potentially cause swelling, bruising, bleeding, and damage to the brain tissue.

This kind of traumatic brain injury can be life-threatening, even if you walk away from the accident with no symptoms at first.


Neck and Shoulder Pain

Pain in the neck and shoulders is typically a sign of whiplash, one of the most common injuries sustained in a car accident.  You can experience pain in this area or numbness down one or both arms right after the accident, but sometimes the symptoms can take days to set in.

If you notice pain or stiffness around your head, neck, or shoulders, or any numbness down your arms, see your doctor.  Your doctor will schedule an x-ray or MRI to diagnose your injuries accurately.


Back Pain

If you start experiencing back pain days after your accident, it may be a symptom of a disc issue, a soft tissue injury, a sprain, or even a spinal injury.  If you are experiencing numbness or tingling in your back or down your leg, it could be the result of a pinched nerve.  Every one of these conditions can cause debilitating pain and challenges with mobility.  Again, you will want to get an x-ray or an MRI to definitively know what you are dealing with.

To sum it all up…


The 3 most common symptoms after a car accident are: 

  1. Headaches
  2. Neck and Shoulder Pain
  3. Low Back Pain

I hope you never have a car accident.  However, if you do… come to the office right away.  The law in Florida states that you only have 14 days for that checkup or you forfeit your personal injury protection and the insurance company never has to pay for any medical bills.  In stressful situations, let our family take care of yours.