6 Delayed Injury Symptoms Following A Car Accident
Car accidents can cause severe physical, mental and emotional trauma. Even if the damage to your automobile doesn’t look that bad and even if you feel fine immediately after the accident, you should still seek medical care or an evaluation by your doctor. You might not even notice the damage a wreck has done to your body until several days or weeks after the accident. Delayed symptoms vary from patient to patient. Below is a list of some of the most common types of late-appearing symptoms. While some symptoms may be obvious at the time of your accident, others may not present themselves for several days or weeks after your accident.
Common Delayed Symptoms After A Car Wreck
Here is a brief list of delayed symptoms accident victims may experience:
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Abdominal pain
- Back pain
- Numbness and bruising
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other emotional symptoms
1. Headache After A Car Accident
Headaches are a common side effect of car accidents. While they may seem mild to you at first, they could be a sign of something much more severe, such as:
- Neck injury
- Head or brain injury
- Abdominal pain
- Blood clots
Don’t chalk up your headache to the stress of being involved in an accident. Even if you didn’t strike your head during the accident, your headache may be related to injuries you suffered.
2. Neck And Shoulder Pain From A Car Crash
Pain in the neck and shoulders might be a sign of whiplash. Some experience it right after a wreck, but others may not experience symptoms until hours or even days later.
If you begin to experience pain or stiffness around your head, neck or shoulders, schedule a meeting with your doctor. You may need X-rays or other imaging tests to diagnose your injuries. In addition to whiplash, neck pain might be the result of spinal injuries, including herniated disks in the cervical spine.
If you experience abdominal pain or swelling, it could be a sign of internal bleeding. Other important signs of internal bleeding to look out for include:
- Deep bruising and purplish skin
Internal injuries can go unnoticed for several days after an automobile accident and, in many cases, can be life-threatening if they are not treated early. This is why it is so important to seek medical attention immediately after an accident, even if you do not feel injured.
4. Back Pain After A Car Accident
Lower back pain is yet another delayed side effect of whiplash and other injuries, including sprains, strains and herniated disks. These injuries could be a sign of damage to your muscles, ligaments or even to your vertebrae.
Further, patients may experience sciatica and other symptoms like numbness or tingling (discussed next) if the damaged structures within the spinal cord press on nerves in the area.
If you suffered a herniated disk in your accident, it might cause symptoms not only in the area of injury, but in the limbs as well. A herniated disk that presses on spinal nerves may cause numbness, tingling or weakness in the arms, hands or legs. Some patients even experience pain in the limbs related to their herniated disk.
An X-ray or other imaging test may help identify the injury and allow the doctor to begin treatment to minimize symptoms.
Some accident victims experience psychological effects like anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These conditions may develop as a result of the traumatic accident itself or as a result of the injuries.
Some accident victims even suffer personality changes as well. This may be related to a concussion or other head injury. Personality changes might include changes in behavior, difficulty controlling emotions and more.
Are You Experiencing Delayed Symptoms After A Car Accident?
Any of these symptoms could be a sign of a serious or severe injury caused by your car wreck. If you experience any of these delayed symptoms, it is important that you see a doctor immediately.
If your accident resulted from another driver’s negligence, it may be important to seek legal help as well.
The attorneys at Levy Law Offices can get injured drivers in Cincinnati the help and monetary settlements they deserve for their losses. We have more than 30 years of experience fighting for the rights of victims who have suffered life-changing injuries as the result of automobile accidents, slip-and-falls or any number of other dangerous accidents.
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