Bruises, cuts, sprains, and broken bones are all possible after a car accident. However, not all injuries manifest themselves in that way; some injuries appear hours or even days after the accident.
Unfortunately, the insurer responsible for settling your claim can claim that your injuries are not connected to the accident in question if you experience delayed injuries. This is why you should get medical attention immediately after an accident, or anytime you notice a new symptom after the crash. Here are three examples of delayed injuries you may experience after a car crash:
A headache after a car accident is common, but it doesn't always begin immediately. In some victims, the headaches begin even days after the accident. This means that if there is no any other obvious injury, it may be difficult to link your headache to the car crash.
A headache after a car accident can be caused by bruising or lacerations of the brain. Pain from neck injuries may also radiate to the head and present itself as a headache. That's why you should tell your doctor about your car accident if you have headaches days after an accident. Don't just buy painkillers and try to wish your headache away. The sooner you seek treatment, the sooner your doctor can link your headache to the accident.
Delayed abdominal pain is another symptom you may not easily associate with car accidents, but it does happen. That kind of abdominal pain is associated with internal bleeding. It can surprise you because internal bleeding is usually associated with serious injuries for which people usually seek prompt medical treatment. However, internal bleeding can also occur after less severe trauma, and the symptoms may delay even for days.
Other symptoms that may point to internal bleeding include dizziness and the appearance of a large area of discolored skin. Again, prompt medical consultation is necessary to diagnose the cause of your abdominal pain.
Changes in Personality
Not all delayed symptoms of injuries are physical in nature. For example, you or other people may notice changes in your personality after the accident. Such changes are linked to traumatic brain injury (TBI). The classic occurrence is sudden mood swings; for example, you may find yourself laughing or crying without cause. To make matters worse, it is not easy to spot mood disorders immediately after an accident, so it may be some time before anyone notices that something is amiss.
The problem is that the severity of these emotional problems may not be directly proportional to the extent of your head injury. This makes it easy to dismiss such emotional problems, especially if your head injury doesn't seem serious on the outside.
These are just a few examples of injuries you may notice days after an accident, even if your initial injuries seemed fairly minor or moderate. Therefore, don't ignore any unusual problems that arise after you have been involved in a car crash. Seek medical attention and tell the doctor about your accident.
This is also another reason you should exchange insurance information and contact details with the other motorist any time you are involved in an accident. You might think that your injuries are mild, and you won't file a claim only to realize days later that you were seriously injured. It is also why you should seek medical checkup after a car crash, even if you don't suspect serious injuries; don't rely on painkillers to deal with accident-related aches. Consult an experienced accident lawyer to help you with the claim process since you may experience some difficulties with it if your injuries were delayed.
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