4 delayed injuries that can surprise accident victims
In the immediate aftermath of a car accident, many details demand attention. You will have to file a claim with insurance, get your car fixed and you might have to take a day or two off work. Once everything is under control, you can be relieved to put the incident behind you.
However, that can be very difficult to do if you start noticing signs of injuries days or even weeks later. These are delayed injuries, and they have the potential to be very serious. Below, we look at four types of delayed injuries that accident victims often suffer.
You might experience whiplash symptoms the next morning after a crash or several days after the crash once you have settled back into your normal routine. You could start noticing that your neck is very stiff and painful; you could feel dizzy and off-balance; you could have headaches and back pain. While these symptoms may go away on their own in some cases, that doesn’t always happen.
Back injuries don’t need to be severe to be serious, so pay attention to any minor or worsening pain in your back. If you start feeling pain, numbness or tingling in your back, then it could be the result of whiplash, a herniated disc or a pinched nerve. Untreated, these injuries can get worse and/or lead to a chronic condition.
Crash victims often experience headaches in the aftermath of a crash. If they don’t go away or if they are unusually painful, then you could have a concussion or other serious brain injury that requires medical attention.
Even if your physical injuries all heal, you may experience emotional injuries that linger or develop long after an accident. Emotional injuries including depression, anxiety, trouble sleeping and personality changes can be just as painful and difficult to treat as any other type of injury, so it is crucial to acknowledge them.
It can be easy to dismiss these injuries or to fail to connect them to your accident, but it is crucial that you take them seriously. Talk to your doctor and explain that you were in an accident recently. If there is reason to suspect your injuries were caused by the crash, then you can consult an attorney who can help you build a claim for compensation.