Most car accident injuries produce symptoms right away. However, there are certain types of injuries that have delayed symptoms. You may not notice injury symptoms for hours, days, or weeks.
Some types of injuries may not produce symptoms until it is too late to prevent death or permanent disability. Intracranial bleeding is a good example of a life-threatening injury that may fail to produce symptoms.
Common Car Accident Injuries That Produce Delayed Symptoms
Injuries that produce delayed symptoms may include:
- Concussion. Concussions will produce immediate symptoms, such as dizziness, fatigue, ringing in the ears, or nausea. However, there are also delayed symptoms that may not be readily apparent. These symptoms include having trouble focusing and depression.
- Whiplash injury. This injury occurs when the impact forces from a collision damage your muscle tissue and nerves. You may notice neck, back and shoulder pain. Tingling is another common symptom of a whiplash injury. However, the symptoms may not occur until hours or days after the crash.
- Internal bleeding. Organ damage and bleeding is possible after a crash. Your veins could also rupture, possibly resulting in blood pooling under the tissue. Depending on where the bleeding occurs, you could die or suffer a life-altering injury. Intracranial bleeding could lead to a brain injury that significantly reduces your quality of life. Doctors can use imaging tests to detect intracranial bleeding shortly after an accident.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder. Car accidents are extremely traumatic events for survivors. For this reason, psychological disorders are possible after a car accident. Some survivors may develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), an extremely debilitating psychological disorder. Symptoms include flashbacks to the event, panic attacks, depression, and substance abuse. PTSD also increases the risk of suicide.
- Back injury. You could suffer a back injury during a serious collision. However, like with a whiplash injury, you may not notice the symptoms right away. You may experience pain and issues moving your back.
- Infection. Car accidents can lead to burns and lacerations. Both types of injuries raise your risk of infection. Damaged skin (such as from a burn) is less able to fight off harmful bacteria. Lacerations allow bacteria to enter your body. Symptoms of an infection can include redness around the injury site, nausea, severe pain, and fluid discharge from the injury site.
Without prompt treatment, some of the injuries listed above may cause additional health complications. Many people are concerned about the costs associated with treatment. However, a car accident claim could cover your medical expenses.
You should seek medical attention right away after an accident, even if you believe you did not suffer an injury. By seeking medical attention, you can receive treatment for an injury, even one with delayed symptoms. This can keep the injury from causing additional health problems. You are also establishing a record of your damages. Medical records are very useful while pursuing an injury claim after a car accident. Treatment also makes it possible for your physician to testify to your injuries.
Our Vineland Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help With Car Accident Claims
The attorneys at Rosner Law Offices, P.C. have extensive experience helping car accident survivors and their families. You can read more about our prior car accident cases by continuing to explore our website.