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After a car accident, you may have “surprise” injuries

Car accidents are very violent experiences, often much more than you may realize initially. When people speak about suffering injuries in a car accident, they usually refer to injuries that are obvious at the scene of the accident, but many injuries do not cause any pain or produce visible signs that something is damaged, at least for a little while.

These injuries are known as delayed onset injuries, and they are far more common than you might think. In most cases, they are not fatal injuries, but many of them are quite serious.

After any car accident, you may begin to feel pain or discomfort in various parts of your body. If this happens, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. When delayed onset injuries occur, many people assume they are not very serious and often put off seeking out treatment. In many cases, this only gives the injury time to grow more serious.

If you do have a delayed onset injury, an attorney can help you examine the details of your injury accident and determine a strong strategy you can use to pursue fair, complete compensation for your medical expenses and other losses from the accident.

Head injuries

One of the most common delayed onset injuries are mild traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The symptoms of a mild brain injury can vary greatly. Very specific expressions like nausea or ongoing headaches are common, but a mild TBI may also mean much more complicated symptoms like decreased cognitive abilities or changes in personality or one's sense of taste or smell.

Neck and back injuries

Other common delayed onset injuries involve the muscles in the shoulders, neck and back which may not feel pain for hours or even days after the accident. Similarly, if your spinal cord suffered any damage, the nerves that run within it may also suffer damage or get pinched. This regularly causes sharp or radiating pain, or even numbness and tingling.

Abdominal pain

While most delayed onset injuries are not life threatening, any abdominal pain that arises after a car accident demands immediate medical attention. Often, such pain indicates either internal bleeding or more widespread organ damage.

Individuals who feel abdominal pain after a car accident should seek medical attention today. Putting this off may mean organ failure or death.

Whatever the nature of your delayed pain, you deserve to receive proper care, but you must take action to receive it. Do not delay obtaining medical attention and seeking out the help you need to pursue fair compensation.

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