Delayed Injury Symptoms After a Car Accident

McLario, Helm, Bertling, & Spiegel, S.C.

If you have been injured in a car accident you can probably attest that the pain seems to be worse on the second or even third day after the incident. While this is normal, sometimes injuries can take several weeks to become troublesome. Knowing what to expect is important, especially if your injuries are the result of someone else’s negligence.  Here are several injuries that might become worse over time.

  • Neck or shoulder issues – The most common neck injuries are a result of whiplash. This happens when your head and neck are jerked back and forth from the impact and then sudden stop after an accident. Typically, the discomfort from whiplash presents itself as extreme pain and stiffness in both the neck and shoulders. It is important to know that whiplash can occur even if an accident transpired at a low speed.
  • Headache – While headaches can accompany neck and shoulder issues, if they are delayed, it can be the sign of a more serious medical issue. This might include a blood clot, brain injury, or more severe neck issue. Seek medical attention if your headache becomes severe or last several days.
  • Back pain – While back pain can accompany whiplash, it might also be the result of an injury to the back muscles, ligaments, or nerves. It can even be the sign of a spinal injury. Back injuries are common in rear-end and side-impact collisions.
  • Abdominal pain and swelling – Seek medical attention immediately if you have any tenderness in the abdomen. This might be a symptom of internal bleeding or other serious conditions.
  • Tingling extremities – Whiplash and back injuries can cause nerve damage which creates tingling or numbness in the hands, arms, legs, and feet. While it can be permanent, the symptoms might also diminish as your body heals.
  • Mental impairment – Even if you are coherent at the scene of the accident, brain injuries can create confusion and even physical impairment several days after an accident occurs.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – A car accident can be a very traumatic incident for the victim, causing long term stress as they remember the events of the crash. If severe enough, these symptoms can hamper the victim’s ability to live a normal life.

Many people live with life-long disabilities because of the negligence of another driver. This is why it is important not only seek out qualified medical treatment, but also dependable legal counsel. At McLario, Helm, Bertling & Spiegel, we have been providing trusted legal representation  since 1953.


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