3 common late-appearing injuries after a car accident

Perhaps you endured a car accident and thought you got off scot-free. At first, there were no noticeable injuries. Now, days or weeks later, you are noticing pain. This could be one of many injuries with delayed symptoms that are common after collisions.

It is crucial to closely monitor your injuries and get a medical evaluation if you are experiencing pain. Here are some examples of late-appearing car accident injuries.

1. Whiplash

This is one of the most common injuries in car accidents. If your head was suddenly and forcefully thrown forward and back, you might have this soft-tissue injury. Whiplash symptoms include muscle stiffness in your shoulders and neck, headaches, and dizziness.

2. Concussions

If your body jolted violently or your head hit something during the accident, you could experience a concussion. Concussion symptoms include:

  • Trouble concentrating
  • Clouded thoughts
  • Nausea
  • Blurry vision
  • Headaches
  • Loss of energy

Sometimes these symptoms are subtle and do not show up immediately. If you have any of these symptoms after your accident, you should get medical attention for a diagnosis.

3. Back pain

If you start feeling back pain after an accident, you might have an injury in the ligaments, nerves, muscles or vertebrae. Instead of feeling the pain immediately, you might start feeling stiff and experience a poorer range of motion over the course of a few days. Daily tasks may eventually become difficult to perform.

After a car crash, you should seek medical attention for any pain or discomfort. Your doctor will be able to properly diagnose you and provide any necessary tips for monitoring symptoms. If you require treatment, it is imperative to document all expenses for any procedures or therapies. In the meantime, avoid settling right away no matter if the other insurance company contacts you. Talk to an attorney before talking to the insurance company or moving forward with any claims.

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