Immediately after an accident, it isn’t possible to know the full extent of possible injuries. Adrenaline during and after a car accident can easily mask the pain and other symptoms of serious injuries. That is why it is important to monitor how you feel for days, and even weeks, after a collision.
What symptoms can take time to surface?
Some injuries may not show symptoms until days or weeks after an accident has occurred. The issues may seem mild, and you may simply want to brush them off at first. However, if you notice any of the following symptoms after a car accident, you would be wise to seek medical attention:
- Neck and shoulder pain: This type of pain could point to whiplash, nerve damage or other harm that could lead to serious health issues.
- Back pain: Pain in your back could be a delayed symptom of serious injuries like herniated discs, damage to your ligaments or harm to your vertebrae, or the bones in your back.
- Headaches: It is common for people to hit their heads during car accidents, and even if a person is able to walk away without feeling any immediate effects, headaches after a crash could point to a serious brain injury.
- Abdominal pain: Internal bleeding can occur after a crash, and this type of pain could be a symptom. Headaches, dizziness, purplish skin and fainting could also point to internal bleeding, which needs immediate medical attention.
It can be easy to feel relieved after a car accident that no injuries immediately show themselves. However, you should not take delayed symptoms lightly. If you do end up in a crash that results in serious injuries, you may have reason to file a personal injury claim against the driver considered at fault.
Harm suffered from a car accident can have life-changing results. You may face extensive medical bills, need time away from work and face other hardships. Discussing your options for compensation with a California attorney may help you determine your best course of action for addressing those difficulties.