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Not All Car Accident Injuries Reveal Themselves Immediately

Steve Wagner


  • After any accident, no matter big or small, it’s important for those involved to receive a medical evaluation by a professional.
  • This care will reduce the chance of future complications and provide the proper documentation needed to make a case for the incident with an official medical diagnosis of any injury.
  • Some injuries may not present as quickly as others though. Several may be easy to ignore or show up with little symptoms in the hours or days, possibly even weeks following a motor vehicle accident.
  • Whether delayed trauma is the result of an originally unnoticeable injury or due to witnessing the terrifying impact of an accident on another person, there are likely to be very real implications on a victim’s life. The Wagner Reese vehicular accident attorneys may be able to help.

6 Car Accident Injury Symptoms That Can Be Delayed

Symptoms of a car or truck accident do not always present themselves immediately. For example, if involved in even a major wreck, the adrenalin a victim is feeling can actually make an injury unknown for some time. Once it subsides, the pain shows up and within a couple of hours to even a day later, serious injuries may start to produce symptoms that should not be ignored. Here is a review of six common injury symptoms that can appear in any time period after an accident.

  1. Neck and Shoulder Pain or Tenderness: Neck sprains and strains, commonly known as whiplash, are the most frequently reported injuries in U.S. insurance claims. In some cases involving big truck accidents, whiplash may cause lower back pain.
  2. Back and Hip Stiffness: People of all ages can be impacted by an injury or accident that has caused a spinal trauma. This type of trauma can cause back and neck pain, stiffness, or numbness and is found in more than half of all collisions in which injury was reported.
  3. Headaches Accompanied by Personality and Vision changes: Even a mild concussion may not cause unconsciousness, but can still trigger a nagging headache, blurred vision, along with confusion or blurry vision. Severe concussions cause people to lose memory, and have trouble thinking and moving upon waking up. Vehicle accidents are the second leading cause of death from traumatic brain injuries.
  4. Abdominal Discomfort or Swelling: Although uncommon, internal bleeding can begin shortly after an accident victim has been released from the scene. Symptoms may include large or small areas of deep purple bruising, inflammation and changes in toileting abilities, dizziness, nausea and fainting. Internal bleeding can remain undiscovered for hours or days and quickly turn life-threatening if not treated immediately.
  5. Changes in Overall Physical Function: The ability to control limbs after an accident will depend on where along the spinal cord the injury is and also its seriousness. At this point, it is best to call 911 or your local emergency medical assistance number for help.
  6. PTSD: Many accident victims experience depression, sever phobias, anxiety, or other mood disorders after an accident, and nearly ten percent of those involved in car crashes are diagnosed with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Teen drivers and children are especially susceptible.

Anyone who has experienced or is experiencing these symptoms in the hours or days after a motor vehicle crash, should seek medical care immediately and get to an emergency room to be assessed by a professional. Immediate care will reduce the chance of complications and provide the proper documentation needed to make a diagnosis of the injury.

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If tragedy strikes and you or someone you love was injured in a driving accident but symptoms were delayed during initial accident reporting, please call the vehicular accident attorneys at Wagner Reese for a free consultation. Connect with us by submitting our online form, and our attorneys will review your information and respond promptly. If you wish to speak directly with us, please call (888) 204-8440.


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