Even with most of the borough’s thoroughfares limited to 25 MPH, head and neck injuries from traffic accidents affect hundreds of Manhattan residents every month. With a fender-bender or seemingly minor vehicle mishap, you may not receive medical treatment at the accident scene. In the following hours, you may feel like you have shaken off any ill effects, or you might not even notice any indications. In reality, the absence of symptoms does not mean the absence of injury.
Low-speed collisions between two vehicles may still cause traumatic brain injury. Even if you avoid having your head strike the steering wheel, dash or side window, an impact on the padded headrest alone may induce a concussion. With concussions, the least severe form of TBI, you may not feel any ill effects for days or weeks afterward. Symptoms from neck sprains, commonly called whiplash, may also take several days to appear. Even with seat belts, a collision impact may still cause spinal cord injury. In all of these cases, failure to commence early treatment from an auto accident doctor may lead to unnecessary lifelong debilitation. The earlier you determine a diagnosis, the sooner you can explore your treatment options.