In addition to the mental trauma and emotional disorientation, sometimes vehicle accidents cause physical damage that’s hard to notice amidst immediate distractions. Even serious physical issues might not present any signs for several days.
Common Symptoms That Can Appear Several Days Later
Car Accident Injuries can vary from minimal to severe, and the damage can last anywhere from a couple of weeks to the rest of your life. More often than not, injuries from a car accident aren’t evident right away. Here are some examples:
Headaches – Headaches that develop several days after a vehicle accident are common. Sometimes they can signal a potentially serious problem, such as, a blood clot on the brain, injury to the neck or head or even a serious concussion.
Whiplash – Whiplash is the classic delayed symptom injury associated with accidents. Many cases of whiplash injury occur as the result of rear-end vehicle collisions at speeds of less than 14 miles per hour.
Loss of feeling in arms and hands is another indication of whiplash injury (also called whiplash associated disorder). The loss of feeling results from damage to the neck or spinal column.
Back Pain – Back pain that appears after an accident could be caused by injury to the muscles, ligaments or nerves in the back or even by damage to the vertebrae.
Abdominal Pain/ Swelling – These signs could indicate internal bleeding. Other symptoms include large areas of deep purple bruising, dizziness and fainting. Internal bleeding can remain undiscovered for hours or days.
Traumatic Brain Injury – Signs include impaired thinking or memory, movement, problems with vision or hearing, or personality changes or depression. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports motor vehicle crashes are the third overall leading cause of traumatic brain injuries.
PTSD – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is common after a vehicle accident. PTSD victims often have vivid and disturbing memories of the event and nightmares. Sometimes victims feel as if the accident is recurring or have flashbacks. Children are especially susceptible.
Visit a Doctor
It’s a good idea for any person involved in an accident to seek immediate medical expertise. If these or any other symptoms appear even several days after the accident, it is important to visit a doctor experienced in post car accident injuries symptoms to diagnose and treat potential lingering problems.
Contact An Attorney
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, don’t hesitate to contact one of our experienced attorneys to represent your claim.