The Most Common Delayed Symptoms After an Accident

neck injuryWhen you are involved in a car accident, the injuries you sustain can vary depending on the severity of the accident. At first, you may only notice some bumps and bruises and consider yourself lucky. But, delayed symptoms arising days or weeks following an accident can be much more serious.

Sometimes after an accident, you are left in shock and your adrenaline is pumping. Your body is likely producing excess endorphins, which is keeping your from recognizing the pain your injuries have caused. Once the endorphins begin to subside, the pain may become more evident. It may also be possible that internal injuries that later appear are worsening over time. Therefore, it is important to stay alert after an accident.

Some of the most common injuries after an accident that can generate delayed symptoms include:

Neck and Shoulder Pain. Immediately after an accident you may experience soreness that turns into persistent pain. Injury to the neck and shoulders may result in soft tissue damage, nerve damage, tinnitus, or fractured bones. If the pain in your neck and shoulders do not subside, it is important to target the problem soon after your accident.

Spinal Injuries. While all injuries following an accident are serious, spinal injuries can be the most severe. Ruptured or herniated disc, sprained or strained lumbar, Spondylolisthesis, fractures, nerve compression, and other spinal cord injuries are all serious. If you are experiencing any pain in your back after a car accident, see a physician immediately before your condition worsens.

lower back painWhiplash. Whiplash commonly occurs after rear-end accidents due to the force of the vehicle slamming into the back of your vehicle causing your neck to jolt back and forth. Whiplash can also be a result of the airbag forcefully hitting you. If you suffer from whiplash, you may experience neck stiffness, headaches, or pain in your neck and shoulders.

Abdominal pain. This symptom can be extremely dangerous because abdominal pain is often a sign of internal bleeding or organ damage. These injuries are usually a result of forcefully being pushed into the steering wheel or seat belt. If you are experiencing pain in your abdomen after a collision, please see a doctor immediately.

Concussion. The impact of a car accident can leave you with a concussion or temporary loss of consciousness. This can affect your brain and cause confusion, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, and memory loss. Persistent headaches after a collision can be a sign of a concussion. A serious concussion can be deadly if not treated.

Numbness or Loss of Sensation. This is the most common sign of nerve damage. Sometimes numbness or tingling only becomes apparent after the shock has worn off or your condition worsens. A loss of sensation can have a negative impact everyday activity.

Emotional Distress. It is common to have feeling of emotion distress after being involved in an accident. This can include stress, depression, anxiety, or trouble sleeping. Serious feelings of emotions distress an being to take a toll on your everyday life, so if you are experiencing these symptoms after an accident, seek help right away.

Whether your symptoms are apparent right away or take some time to become recognizable, you are entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. If the injuries become bothersome, seek medical treatment as soon as possible to diagnose the problem.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident and are experiencing delayed symptoms, and would like to discuss your case, call us today for a free consultation! PHONE CARDONE at 504-522-3333, 225-706-3920 (Baton Rouge office) or email us at

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