Signs of Delayed Injury From a Car Accident
If you were involved in a car wreck, you may not feel any physical pain right away. This happens frequently – two vehicles collide with each other, and by the looks of the crash, you would think that there would be serious injuries. But instead, people are walking around afterward like nothing happened.
This is normal, and there’s a good reason why this happens – adrenaline. For most people, a car accident is a traumatic event that significantly alters their state. Immediately after the collision, your heart rate accelerates, and your mind goes off in a million different directions as you assess what all this means and what needs to be done to handle the situation. This is not unlike what happens to athletes who are seriously injured in the middle of a game and continue playing with the injury.
While the adrenaline rush might mask the pain associated with your injuries for a while, symptoms may start to show up later on – sometimes even a few days or a week or so after the accident. This is why we recommend that you always seek medical attention immediately after a car wreck – even if you don’t feel hurt.
Along these same lines, never discuss your physical condition with the insurance company until you have been fully evaluated by a medical professional. An insurance adjuster may contact you shortly after an accident claim is filed, asking how you are doing. If you tell them, “I feel fine”, “everything seems to be okay”, or something similar and you find out later that you have injuries, it will be much more difficult to convince the insurer that your injuries are connected to the accident.
Delayed Injury Symptoms after a Car Accident
For those who have been in a car crash, there are some common symptoms that might start to show up several days after. These include:
Headaches are one of the most frequent symptoms people have in the days following an auto accident. Sometimes, these are just minor annoyances that will go away within a couple of weeks or so. However, headaches can also be a sign of a delayed injury from the accident, and possibly one that is severe. Examples include head and neck injuries, blood clots on the brain, or even a serious concussion or another type of traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Stiffness in the Neck or Shoulders
Neck and/or shoulder pain or stiffness is usually a delayed sign of a whiplash injury. Whiplash injuries are common in auto accidents, especially to the lead driver or passenger in a rear-end collision, because they do not see the collision coming and have no time to brace for it. An X-ray, MRI, or CT scan may be required to properly diagnose a whiplash injury. Neck or shoulder pain can also be a sign of a spinal cord injury, which is more serious and requires immediate treatment.
Low back pain is reported in over half of all rear-end accidents and nearly three quarters of all side-impact collisions. Back pain can be a sign of a herniated disc, muscle, ligament, or nerve damage, or even damage to the vertebrae.
Abdominal pain can be a sign of internal bleeding or other internal injuries. Internal injuries can go unnoticed for several hours or even several days, and this condition is often life-threatening, requiring immediate medical treatment.
Numbness is another possible symptom of whiplash, particularly if you experience tingling or loss of feeling in your arms and hands. This results from injury or damage to the spinal column nerves.
In addition to headaches mentioned earlier, changes in behavior, personality, or physical functionality can also be signs of a traumatic brain injury. Possible symptoms of TBI include memory problems, difficulty with focus and concentration, vision or hearing loss, unusual behaviors, and depression.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
PTSD is a condition that occurs after a traumatic event or series of events. This condition is increasingly common among military personnel who have been in a war zone and police officers. PTSD can also happen to people who have been involved in or witnessed a car wreck. Symptoms may include recurring nightmares and vivid and disturbing flashbacks and memories of the event. Children are particularly susceptible to PTSD after a serious car accident.
Suffered Delayed Injury from a Car Crash in Mississippi? Call the Gardner Law Firm Today for a Free Case Assessment
Auto accidents can result in moderate to severe and even catastrophic injuries; and many times, these injuries go undetected for a while after the accident. If you have been involved in a car accident, get medical attention right away, then get in contact with an experienced accident injury lawyer.
For several decades, the Gardner law firm has successfully represented clients injured in all types of car accidents in Biloxi, Gulfport, Ocean Springs, and communities throughout Mississippi. We provide free consultations, and if we take your case, you will not pay any attorney fees unless we recover compensation on your behalf. To schedule your free consultation, call our office today at (228) 900-9618 or message us through our web contact form.