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.
Common Delayed Symptoms after a Car Wreck
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. Here is a brief list of delayed symptoms accident victims may experience:
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:
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 sustained.
2. Neck and shoulder pain
Pain in the neck and shoulders might be a sign of whiplash. Some experience it right after the wreck, but others may not experience the 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 also be the result of spinal injuries, including herniated discs in the cervical spine.
3. Abdominal pain
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 on. 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
Lower back pain is yet another delayed side effect of whiplash or other injuries, including a sprain, strain, or herniated disc. 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.
5. Numbness, tingling or weakness in limbs
If you suffered a herniated disc in your accident, it might cause symptoms not only in the area of injury, but in the limbs as well. A herniated disc that presses on spinal nerves may cause symptoms of numbness, tingling, or weakness in the arms, hands, or legs. Some patients even experience pain in the limbs related to their herniated disc.
An X-ray or other imaging test may help identify the injury and allow the doctor to begin treatment to minimize symptoms.
6. PTSD and Emotional 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 their 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 and all of these symptoms could be the 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.
In addition, if your accident is the result of another driver’s negligence, it may also be important to seek legal help as well.
The attorneys at Levy Law Offices can get injured drivers in Cincinnati the help and monetary settlement they deserve for their losses. We have over 20 years of experience fighting for the rights of victims who have suffered a life-changing injury as the result of an automobile accident, a slip and fall, or any number of other dangerous accidents.
If you suffered from an injury due to someone else’s negligence and want to get the best help possible to recover damages for your expenses and losses, give the Levy Law Offices a call today.