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2018-02-07 / News

Snowmobile Accident Prime Example of Delayed Injuries

On February 2 at approximately 1:45 p.m., troopers from the St. Ignace Post, Manistique Detachment, were dispatched upon the report of a one-snowmobile personal injury crash on CR 449 in Inwood Township, Schoolcraft County.

Investigation revealed the snowmobile driver and his party left the scene and went to Shingleton, where the snowmobile driver was stricken with a severe headache. He lost consciousness and was subsequently transported to U.P. Health System - Marquette to be treated for injuries sustained in the crash.

Speed is believed to be a factor in the accident. The incident remains under investigation. The Michigan State Police were assisted by the Alger and Schoolcraft County Sheriff Departments.

It’s not unusual for injuryrelated pain to develop hours, days or even weeks after an accident. In some cases the pain may be masked by adrenaline and endorphins. In other instances, pain may build slowly and won’t be noticed until it has reached a higher level.

Other injuries, such as herniated discs, may not cause any pain until the additional damage it takes to knock them out of alignment.

Some delayed injury markers include:

—Headaches / Dizziness. Could indicate concussions, brain or head injuries, whiplash or even blood clots.

—Neck and Shoulder Pain. Common indicator of whiplash, but could indicate a more severe spinal injury.

—Back pain. Common indication of whiplash, though it also could indicate a spinal injury or muscle sprain.

—Numbness / Tingling. Indication of pinched nerves, often in the spine.

—Abdominal Pain. Soft tissue injuries may be difficult to detect since they are internal and sometimes offer no visible indicators until much later. What may be thought of as just a simple bruise could be severe internal bleeding.

Accidents also may cause emotional or psychological damage in the form of PTSD, sleep loss, personality changes, memory loss, emotional outbursts, panic attacks, depression and anxiety.

Though no injury may be detected immediately following a crash, it’s important to take the correct actions following an accident. These steps include stopping at a safe place, checking on everyone involved and notifying the police.

Following these steps will provide enough time for adrenaline and endorphins to wear off, which may reveal some hidden aches and pains. In addition, police officers are trained to look for signs of hidden injuries and brain trauma. They may be better able to assess the accident victim’s physical and emotional state than the victims themselves.

In addition, driving or operating heavy machinery is inadvisable following an accident. Should any of these delayed symptoms present themselves while driving, the driver will be putting himself, as well as others around him, in danger.

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