When a person has been injured in a car accident due to another person’s negligence, they may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit. In California, it’s vital to comply with the state’s filing deadline. When filing a lawsuit, an injured party usually has two years from the date the accident occurred.
But, what happens if you feel like you suffered no injuries? It’s not uncommon for a person to feel like they’ve walked away unscathed from a car accident. Adrenaline is known to mask many injures from a car accident. It may delay symptoms and give a person the false impression that they have no injuries. That’s why it’s vital to be aware of delayed symptoms.
Below are five possible delayed injuries that can occur days or even weeks after a car accident. Therefore, it’s vital to monitor delayed symptoms, especially to receive any legal recourse for those delayed injures.
1. Back and Neck Pain
The impact of a crash alone can lead to spinal injury and even a herniated disc. When a vertebra is dislocated, it puts pressure on the nerves surrounding the spinal cord. This can lead to a pinched nerve. It’s essential to consult with a medical doctor or specialist if you experience symptoms of numbness or tingling. They are signs of back pain, which, if left untreated, can limit mobility.
Like back pain, a car crash can cause neck pain. Most victims of car accidents experience whiplash. Whiplash occurs when a collision forces the head back into the seat. Symptoms usually include stiffness, soreness, and a limited range of motion. Some people also experience pain, swelling, and headaches.
Headaches are not only a common complaint after a car accident, but they can be an indication of a more severe injury.
A headache can signal a blood clot in the brain or a concussion. Because the impact can cause the brain to hit against the skull, it may lead to bleeding or bruising of the brain. In some instances, a headache developed after a car crash can go away on its own. However, in other, more severe cases, it can lead to discovering a traumatic brain injury.
3. Pain in the Abdomen
Pain in the abdomen is another injury that can be delayed. However, it’s crucial to monitor for abdominal pain. It can be a sign of a life-threatening issue, like internal bleeding. Bruising, dizzy spells, and fainting can also be signs of blood loss.
4. Numbness and Tingling
Numbness and tingling sensations are not always connected to back pain. They may also be symptoms related to nerve damage in and around the spine.
5. Changes in Behavior
Behavioral changes after a car crash usually signal a more significant problem such as memory problems, vision or hearing loss, and depression. Therefore, it’s essential to monitor any changes in behavior to treat the underlying causes.
Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
Delayed injuries are serious. If you have experienced a car crash, monitoring for behavioral changes and being aware of these symptoms can help you get prompt medical care. It can also ensure that you obtain proper damages from a personal injury lawsuit. Contact our attorneys at 415-946-8900 or at Dan Rose Law to schedule a free consultation.