Yes – Injury Symptoms Can Be Delayed After a Car Accident
We have seen our share of minor and major car accidents over the years. As personal injury attorneys, our firm represents crash victims whose lives have been forever changed by circumstances totally out of their control. Interestingly enough, we routinely represent crash victims who don’t begin showing symptoms of injury until hours or days later.
Yes, injury symptoms can be delayed for several days following a car accident. We are not doctors, so we do not understand the mechanics of how this happens. But it does. For example, consider whiplash. WebMD explains that the symptoms of whiplash may not appear right away. In some patients, symptoms do not start showing up until 24 hours later. In other cases, it takes days.
Here’s a list of some of the more common injury symptoms that are often delayed following car accidents:
Neck and Shoulder Pain
Two of the more common symptoms of whiplash are neck and shoulder pain. Whiplash causes damage to the intervertebral joints, ligaments, muscles, and discs in the back. Nerves may also be damaged in some cases. This is why whiplash patients often suffer pain and discomfort they associate with a back injury when they are really experiencing the effects of whiplash.
While headaches are also associated with whiplash, they can also be symptomatic of a more serious condition. Blood clots, concussions, and head injuries can all result in headaches that do not begin to appear until days later.
A car accident victim may experience back pain that is not the result of whiplash. In such cases, they are looking at the potential of injury to the vertebrae and muscles. Believe it or not, pain in the lower back is pretty typical in about half of all rear-end accidents.
Abdominal pain as a result of a car crash can be a sign of something very serious. Accident victims should be very concerned by abdominal pain that is accompanied by swelling or deep bruising, as this could be a sign of internal bleeding. Note that internal bleeding could be potentially fatal.
Numbness in the Arms and Legs
People involved in car accidents sometimes experience feelings of numbness in their arms or legs. While this is generally associated with whiplash, it doesn’t have to be. The numbness is a result of damage to the neck or spinal column that interferes with electrical signals moving to and from the extremities.
Finally, a crash victim may show some neurological symptoms ranging from personality changes to loss of memory or cognition. These are signs of brain injury. Some patients also exhibit loss of motor function or impaired vision or hearing. Any of these neurological symptoms are good reason to see a doctor.
Contacting a Personal Injury Attorney
We have made mention of all these delayed symptoms to make the point that it is important to contact a personal injury attorney following a car accident in which you might have been injured. You may feel fine in the immediate aftermath of an accident that results in a few bumps and bruises, but you have no way of knowing how you will feel a few days later.
Being involved in a car accident does not necessarily mean you have sustained injuries significant enough to constitute a personal injury lawsuit. But at least be open to the possibility. By contacting the Majors Firm, you can get some additional advice as to how to proceed. Then if you do start exhibiting delayed symptoms, you will already have an attorney in your corner.