The injuries that stem from a car crash are not always immediately apparent. Sometimes, it can take days, weeks, or even months before the injuries someone suffered may be made apparent. And even though these injuries may not be readily apparent in the immediate aftermath of a motor vehicle accident, this does not mean that they are any less devastating or any less destructive.
Delayed Onset Injury Causes
Confusion and stress can complicate the process of clearly understanding and expressing what has happened to a person, concealing their injuries. Raw adrenaline can be exceptionally elevated in the immediate aftermath of a collision due to the excitement and stimulation that is common with car crashes. A person may also experience inflammation following an accident, contributing to the difficulty of identifying injuries that may be present.
Following a car accident, people will often seek a time of relaxation and recuperation. This period or lowered activity and rest can prevent straining existing injuries and thus mask and delay the recognition of the injury. Once an individual resumes normal activity and returns to their daily routines and behaviors, they may find that injuries are present that they were unaware of at the time of the accident. These and other factors contribute to what can be referred to as delayed injuries or delayed onset injuries.
Common symptoms that are commonly missed following an accident include:
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Back pain
- Memory loss
- Numbness and tingling
- Abdominal pain
- Emotional pain and suffering
Common injuries which may be delayed in being diagnosed include:
- Internal organ injuries
- Back and spinal injuries
What to Do After an Injury
If you or a loved one have been in a traffic accident, it is important to be aware that there will be a large number of voices trying to encourage you to quickly release others of their liability. It is important to take your time and ensure that you or your loved one’s health is cared for. If injuries are not fully known, it is impossible to know that someone has reached maximum medical recovery following their collision.
Even though you or your loved one may have been cleared by a doctor in an emergency room, remember that their job is to assess and treat emergencies that are present. They may not be fully aware of more complicated and nuanced injuries that are the result of an accident, as their delayed onset may make those injuries difficult to recognize in the wake of an emergency. Be sure to follow up with an examination by a general practitioner and be open to being evaluated by specialists if it is necessary to properly diagnose your or your loved one’s injuries.
Collect as much information as possible following an accident including crash reports and contact information of those involved and any bystanders or witnesses who may have seen the crash or the conditions that gave rise to the incident. If you or someone you know are able, take photos and document the damage to the vehicle and any property related to the car crash. It may be possible to obtain security camera footage of an accident if the crash took place near a place of business, so check and find out whether you can obtain copies of security camera footage that may have captured the accident.
Contact Our Firm
Contact an attorney as soon as possible. Insurance adjusters and many others are well known for trying to resolve car crash cases and settle claims as quickly as possible and for as little as possible. Working with an attorney to protect your rights following a car crash will ensure that you do not agree to any settlement without having the appropriate time for injuries and damages to be known and for the outlook and path ahead to recovery to be clear.
Our law firm has fought for the rights of our clients for almost thirty years. We pride ourselves on our ability to provide personal representation to our clients. When a client chooses our law firm they are choosing to work with skilled and dedicated attorneys who will stick with them from the first day of their case to the last day.