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5 Types of Delayed Car Accident Injuries

Law Offices of McCullough & Leboff, P.A. Oct. 1, 2018

It’s not unusual for car accident victims to be unaware of their injuries for some time after the accident. Oftentimes, people do not experience any symptoms for hours or even days after a collision. These are known as ‘delayed car accident injuries.’ If the individual experiences this phenomenon and wants to file a personal injury lawsuit, they should know the details about various injuries that can occur in this way. Here are the top 5 delayed injuries from car accidents.

What Is Whiplash?

Whiplash is one of the most common injuries sustained after a car accident. It occurs when a person’s head and neck thrust forward upon impact, resulting in strain to the neck, head, shoulders or upper back. A person with whiplash can experience headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, tinnitus, and even sleep disruption.

What Is a Concussion?

A concussion happens when a person suffers a severe blow to the head. This is common during a car accident and can result in the brain shifting and slamming inside the skull. Symptoms include headaches, loss of equilibrium, disorientation, irritation, mood swings, lack of responsiveness, sensitivity to light and sound, and changes in eating habits.

What Is Soft Tissue Damage?

Soft tissue damage is a common injury after a car accident and can include sprains, whiplash, bruising, as well as torn muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Symptoms of these injuries may take up to a week to surface and can include inflammation, discoloration to the area affected, stiffness, and pain.

Back Injuries

Another common injury after a car accident is to one’s back. These may also be delayed due to adrenaline and can casue bruising, difficulty breathing or balancing, numbness, limited range of motion, back, neck and shoulder pain, weakness, and loss of bladder or bowel control.

Emotional Distress

Victims of car accidents may also experience emotional distress and post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. Mental health can adversely affect one’s life and include symptoms like anxiety, mood swings, depression, flashbacks and nightmares, reckless behavior, and changes in eating or sleeping habits.

It’s wise for anyone injured in a car accident to retain a personal injury attorney. It can increase your chances of receiving compensation for medical bills, damages, pain and suffering, lost wages and all other accident-related damages.

What to Do After the Accident

Getting treatment for delayed injuries can be incredibly expensive as people often require extensive procedures, medical equipment and even physical therapy. Anyone injured in a car accident should immediately seek the help of an attorney. Your lawyer will help you figure out which steps to take next, to help ensure that you recover compensation to cover all accident-related damages.

The Davie personal injury lawyers at Law Offices of McCullough and Leboff, P.A. have over 48 years of experience filing claims on the behalf of car accident victims. We have the resources necessary to comprehensively evaluate your case and assist you in reaching a favorable settlement with the insurance company. Speak with a seasoned attorney who is ready to fight for you. Contact us today for your free case evaluation.