Delayed Signs of Car Accident Injuries
Car crashes are one of the leading causes of death for Americans under age 55, and the frightening truth is that they can happen to anyone, at any time. For many victims of car accidents, injuries are instant and obvious; for others, however, symptoms of injuries may not appear for hours, days, or even weeks. In stressful situations, the human body releases adrenaline that can mask pain, leading to a failure to diagnose and treat issues right away. If you have recently been in a car accident and are now experiencing any of the following symptoms, it may be time to take legal action.
Common Delayed Symptoms of Car Accident Injuries
Everyone’s body is different, and we all respond to trauma in different ways. However, certain symptoms are more common than others. These include, but are not limited to:
Headaches - Headaches are one of the most common complaints after a car accident. Although headaches are frequently suffered by people who have never been in a car accident, if you have recently experienced a car crash, do not second guess whether you should seek treatment for severe headaches. Many headaches will go away on their own, but they could also be a sign of a more serious problem such as a concussion, blood clots, or head and neck trauma.
Neck pain - Car accidents frequently cause whiplash, which is a forced, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck. Whiplash can cause several very painful symptoms, including neck pain and stiffness, shoulder pain, dizziness, and ringing in the ears. It may not be immediately obvious that these other symptoms are connected to a neck injury, so it is important to get proper medical attention.
Abdominal pain - Seatbelts, steering wheels, and other objects can cause serious internal injuries in car accidents. Internal bleeding can be life-threatening, and signs can include dark bruising, dizziness, and fainting.
Tingling or numbness - It is common for victims of car accidents to experience tingling or numbness, especially in their hands and feet. Damaged and injured nerves in the neck and back may be responsible, and specialists may be necessary to diagnose and treat the symptoms.
Behavioral changes - Brain trauma can cause behavioral changes that range from subtle to obvious. Unusual anger or rage, depression, memory problems, and other antisocial behaviors may be the consequence of brain injuries as a result of a car accident.
Schedule a Free Consultation with an Orland Park Car Accident Lawyer
If you are suffering from a delayed onset of symptoms stemming from a car accident, consider seeking the help of an experienced Cook County car accident injuries attorney with Schwartz Injury Law. We will review your case and help you determine whether you may have standing to pursue compensation for your injuries. For more information about how we can help, contact our offices today at 708-226-9000.