You may feel fine following a minor car accident. A bump or bruise might not slow you down from your daily routine.
The story might be different days or even weeks later. You may start suffering painful symptoms that were not apparent at first.
Types of delayed injuries
Delayed injuries can be a sign of something more serious. They demand immediate medical attention.
- Headaches can result from a concussion or other brain injury, whiplash or other neck injury, or a blood clot. Stress also is a possibility.
- Neck and shoulder pain typically results from whiplash or a spinal injury.
- A back injury can be a sign of whiplash, a sprain, a herniated disc or soft-tissue injuries, such as muscle damage.
- Tingling and sensations of numbness point to pinched nerves.
- Abdominal pain often means internal injuries, including internal bleeding. Soft-tissue injuries can be fatal when not treated. Symptoms include headaches, dizziness and deep bruising.
- Emotional pain and suffering may stem from a delayed psychological reaction. Depression is common following the initial euphoria of believing you escaped serious injury. Brain injuries can also be responsible.
Delayed pain is still pain
You may face doubts if you suffer from delayed injuries following a car accident. Proving an accident that happened days or weeks ago is causing your pain is not always easy. An insurance company is likely to question the validity of your claim.
To avoid this, follow up any accident with a doctor’s appointment. Report all injuries and symptoms, no matter how small, to the physician. A medical record can support your claim if injuries develop later.
Avoid signing a release of liability form immediately after your accident. Make 100% certain that you have recovered first. Signing the form too early can cost you money that you need to deal with delayed injuries.
Seeking compensation for delayed injuries can prove challenging. You are in pain yet facing questions from others about the origin of your injuries. Both your health and integrity are at stake. A doctor’s evaluation can help support your claim.