When you are involved in a car accident, your injuries may be immediate. You may suffer lacerations, broken bones and contusions. It doesn’t always work that way. Not everyone involved in an accident will have immediate injury. In some cases, injuries and symptoms don’t appear for days or weeks after the accident. Here are the most common symptoms that occur in the days following a crash.
A headache may develop several days following an auto accident. A headache may be minor, or it may indicate that there is an underlying problem. If the headache is severe or doesn’t subside after a day, medical attention is warranted.
2. Neck and Shoulder Pain
In a typical car accident, the head is thrown this way and that. Whiplash is one of the most common delayed injuries associated with a vehicle accident. You may experience a stiff neck or shoulders when you wake up or after you remain still for a long period of time.
3. Back Pain
Back pain experienced after a car accident is typically the cause of an injury to ligaments, tendons or muscles. If you were hit in the rear or side of your vehicle, you can reasonably expect to have lower back pain in the days following the accident. Back pain that does not go away after a few days should be diagnosed by a medical professional.
4. Stomach Pain
If you begin to experience pain in your abdomen or notice swelling, it shouldn’t be ignored. Pain of this type can indicate internal bleeding and needs medical attention as soon as possible. If you have any tenderness in your belly or pain in a specific area, seek medical attention.
5. Behavioral Changes
People who have been involved in car accidents may experience behavioral changes. These can be difficult for the victim to recognize, but they can be very easy to recognize for the friends and loved ones to recognize. Frequent and quick changes in mood may be exhibited, a general change in overall mood, and getting angry more quickly than normal may all be seen. This may be a sign of a concussion or other serious injuries.
Any person who has been involved in a car accident may experience injury. These injuries can range from mild to severe, depending on the type of accident. Injuries may appear immediately or they may be delayed in onset. No matter when injuries appear, medical attention should be sought in order to receive a proper diagnosis and the necessary treatment.
If you have been involved in a car crash in North Carolina, you may experience financial difficulty due to medical bills, time off work and more. Reach out to our experienced team of attorneys today for assistance in determining the type and amount of compensation that you may be entitled to. We will review the details of your accident at no cost to you and help you make the best decisions for you and your family.