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Some car crash injuries have hidden, delayed symptoms

After you were in that car accident, it was hard to piece your life back together. The insurance process took ages and your car repairs were extensive, but you are thankful that you weren’t injured.

Or, at least, you thought that you weren’t injured. Recently, you have begun to experience some serious aches and pains. But the accident was months ago. It couldn’t be responsible for the pain you are now experiencing, could it?

Hidden symptoms

In fact, the pain that stems from a crash-related injury is often delayed for many victims. Some symptoms do not emerge for days, weeks or even months after the crash. When they do, they can range from mild to severe. The symptoms of car crash injuries can include:

  • Headaches
  • Neck, shoulder and back pain
  • Numbness or tingling in the body
  • Abdominal pain
  • Mental and emotional trauma

Connecting injuries with an accident

Because of delayed symptoms, some survivors do not connect the pain that they are feeling with the crash that took place much earlier. In the immediate aftermath of a crash, some victims feel perfectly fine. Many may stand up, walk around, talk to law enforcement officers and even reassure medical professionals that they are not injured. Down the road, however, hidden symptoms from the crash can emerge. If victims do not connect their symptoms to the accident that they suffered earlier, they may not think to seek appropriate medical treatment or pursue legal action.

Experiencing delayed symptoms

Perhaps you are wondering whether your recent pain could be the result of the car accident that you suffered. There are two things that you should do: First, seek medical treatment. Be sure to tell the staff that treat you that you were in a car accident and believe that it may have some connection to your injuries. Second, consider your legal options. If you were indeed injured because of the accident, you have the right to receive compensation for medical bills and other damages that you have incurred.