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Nausea After a Car Accident


There are currently over 17 million drivers on the road in the Sunshine State. Unfortunately, many of these people eventually find themselves becoming involved in a Florida collision that leads to unexpected damages. For example, the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has reported that in 2018 alone, there were upwards of 403,000 car accidents that resulted in more than 236,000 injuries.

If you find yourself involved in a collision, you may not experience any signs of an impact to your health in the immediate moments following your accident. However, other symptoms can appear in the next few hours or days that it can be tempting to dismiss and instead assume that you’re medically fine. One of these symptoms is nausea. And while it may seem like something simple, nausea, or the feeling that you are going to vomit, is a common symptom that may actually be your body signaling that something else is wrong.

What Causes Nausea After a Car Accident?

Car accidents cause trauma to the human body that may initially be masked by your adrenaline and endorphins. As these feelings eventually fade, symptoms like nausea can become more clear and in addition to manifesting in a feeling of general queasiness, may appear in the form of related symptoms such as:

  • Stomach pain
  • Vomiting
  • Bloating
  • Abdominal tenderness

Nausea after a car accident happens fairly often and could point to any of several different common car accident injuries. Some of the reasons you might experience nausea after a car accident include:

  • Whiplash – The force from the car collision can force your neck to “whip” forcefully backwards and forwards, causing nausea.
  • Head injuries – Following a blow to the head, nausea can appear as one of the surface warning signs of a concussion or even a more serious brain injury such as a TBI.
  • Fractures – Nausea can also be a way that your pain receptors protect you from the shock and pain of a broken bone.

Should I Obtain Medical Treatment for Nausea?

Absolutely. Seeing a doctor as soon as possible when you begin experiencing nausea after a car accident can only be to your benefit as doing so early on protects both your health and your legal rights. From a medical standpoint, ignoring symptoms that appear after an accident or inadvertently attributing them to something else means that a deeper medical issue may go unnoticed until it progresses in a way that can’t be reversed. From a legal standpoint, if you later file a claim against a negligent party, the insurance companies will likely argue that if you did not seek medical treatment quickly after a car accident, your injuries aren’t as severe as you claim that they are and/or that you were not really injured at all.

Have You Been Injured in a Florida Car Accident?

As the Tampa personal injury attorneys of The Pendas Law Firm, we understand that symptoms can persist long after the accident and can affect your life in a variety of ways. This is one of many reasons why we have dedicated ourselves to helping the victims of others’ negligence, and you can depend on us to assist you through the legal process. If you have any questions about nausea, any other traumatic injuries from a car accident, or how to hold the responsible parties accountable for their negligence, then reach out today to set up a free, no-obligation initial consultation.

The Pendas Law Firm also represents clients in the Miami, Ocala, West Palm Beach, Bradenton, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Daytona Beach areas.


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