Five Late-Appearing Car Accident Injuries

Late-Appearing Car Accident Injuries

Getting into a car accident can result in all sorts of injuries. Some of these injuries can take days–or even weeks–to manifest. Ailments with delayed symptoms are often referred to as late-appearing car accident injuries. The good news is that medical professionals that specialize in treating car crash victims understand these afflictions and know what signs to look for. The bad news is that insurance companies are also very familiar with these injuries and will try to rush accident victims into accepting a settlement before they know the full extent of the damage they’ve suffered.

To help you and your family avoid being taken advantage of by insurance companies, the personal injury lawyers at Patterson Legal Group tell you about five late-appearing car accident injuries to look out for. If you’ve been in a car accident then let your medical provider know that you’re concerned about these ailments and be sure to give our team a call at (888) 687-2400 to begin your free consultation.

Related: Why Should I See a Doctor After a Car Accident?

Five Car Accident Injuries That Can Have Late Symptoms

While injuries like lacerations, deep bruises, and broken bones are normally obvious right away, some injuries have delayed symptoms. One reason for this is adrenaline. Many car accident victims have higher levels of adrenaline immediately following an accident. This can mask injury symptoms for hours or even days.

Other late-appearing car accident injuries aren’t immediately obvious due their nature. Some involve complex organs like the brain or intricate nerves like those found along the spine. Others can exacerbate pre-existing conditions and can even result in wrongful death. Here are five injuries with late symptoms that you can ask your doctor about following a car accident.

  1. Whiplash: this is the most common car accident injury and it’s also one of the most inconsistent. Whiplash occurs when your head suddenly, and typically violently, moves back and forth. This can result in damage to the neck and shoulders. While the discomfort is usually immediate, some whiplash victims don’t feel any pain for days.
  2. Dislodged Blood Clots: the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention claim that many people are unaware that they have blood clots. This can be fatal after a car accident. A blood clot in the arm or leg can be dislodged in a car accident, which can interrupt the flow of blood to the brain, heart, or lungs. This can lead to serious health issues and even death.
  3. Concussions: these injuries can be difficult to diagnose, since no two concussions are the same. Similar to whiplash, some concussion victims feel the effects immediately, while others do not feel it for days. Some concussions last for a few hours, while others can take months to recover from. Thorough testing and monitoring is sometimes required to accurately diagnose these injuries.
  4. Internal Bleeding: external trauma from a car accident is normally obvious, while internal damage can be more difficult to detect. Some people with late-appearing car accident injuries suffer damage to their internal organs, which can lead to bleeding and the interruption of normal bodily functions. Signs of these injuries may not be obvious at first and some can only be detected after MRI or ultrasound scans.
  5. Spinal Injuries: the spine is one of the most complex parts of the human body. With that in mind, spinal damage can be difficult to detect and treat. Some spinal injuries can take days or weeks to manifest, and can only be properly assessed after medical scans. Given the sensitive nature and complexity of the spine, some damage may not show symptoms for weeks.

Get Compensated for Late-Appearing Injuries

Whether your injuries show up immediately or appear later, you deserve compensation if they were caused by the actions or inactions of another party. The injury attorneys at Patterson Legal Group can help you get the highest settlement possible. This includes money for your medical bills, ongoing treatment, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more.

Patterson Legal Group has more than 75 years of combined experience representing injury victims in Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. Our team works on a “no win, no fee” basis. That means that you don’t pay a dime unless our lawyers recover money on your behalf. Take the first step towards the settlement that you deserve and begin your free consultation by calling us at (888) 687-2400 or connecting with us online through LiveChat or secure contact form.

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