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Common Delayed Injuries Showing Up After a Car Accident

The aftermath of a car accident can be a stressful and emotional time. This can be made even worse when you do not know that you have suffered injuries until it is too late. Many minor and serious injuries do not present themselves to victims until days and even weeks later, in some situations. When you walk away from an accident with adrenaline elevated, it is certain that things might be missed. It is important to understand what injuries might not show up until later on down the road and what options you have.

Types of Delayed Injuries After a Car Accident

Headaches: Many people won’t think twice when they start to experience a headache. Most people’s first thought is to take some pain relieving medicine but that might not always fix the problem. Headaches can become an extremely serious issue when they stem from a concussion or a blood clot in the brain. Even if you didn’t hit your head in an accident, you could still suffer one of these life-altering conditions. It is important to get any new headache issues checked out by your doctor. 

Neck Pain: Whiplash injuries can lead to pain in the neck and you might not even realize that it stemmed from an accident when it shows up days later. These injuries tend to stem from rear-end collisions when the nerves, joints, and muscles in the neck become overextended. Some of these injuries can be incredibly severe and you might need to undergo therapy and testing. 

Abdominal Pain: When you experience abdominal pain after an accident, it might be more than just a stomachache. In some cases, it could be a life-threatening condition such as internal bleeding or damage to one of your organs. You might experience headaches, deep bruising of the skin, and even lightheadedness when one of these injuries has taken a turn for the worse.

Back Pain: Back pain can stem from an accident, especially in rear-end and side-impact collisions. These injuries might not show up right away until you start experiencing pain later on down the road. There could be damages to your ligaments, muscles, and more. 

Numbness: Numbness may also take some time to show up. You might experience tingling and numbness in your hands and arms hours after an accident, which can indicate that there was damage to your spine. It can also mean a herniated disc, which can take weeks to show up.

Getting Medical Treatment Immediately After Your Accident 

For years, our car accident attorneys at Sheftall & Associates have been helping victims of serious accidents as they navigate the legal system after an accident that was not their fault. It is important to seek immediate medical treatment if you wish to move forward with your claim after an accident. Many people believe that injuries show up right away and this is not the case. If you believe that you have been seriously injured due to the negligence of another party, please contact our accident lawyers at 904-647-2296 for more information on how we can assist you in your time of need.