You received medical treatment right after your car accident, and everything seemed fine. Now it’s been a couple of months, and you still have pain.
What should you do if you suspect you have an undiagnosed injury? Should you see a healthcare provider? Can you still file a claim with the other driver’s insurance company?
Delayed onset injuries
There are a number of injuries that might not appear immediately after you have been in a car accident. Concussions are a type of brain injury caused by a blow to the head and can result in various symptoms, including headache, dizziness, nausea, and fatigue. However, these symptoms might not appear until hours or even days after the injury occurs.
Similarly, whiplash is an injury to the neck that often occurs during car accidents. It occurs when the head is suddenly and forcefully thrown forward or backward. The resulting motion can damage the neck’s muscles, ligaments, and discs. It may be a few days until you feel the pain and stiffness in your neck and shoulders. Furthermore, if it’s left untreated, you may experience lingering pain or a reduced range of motion. In rare cases, you may require surgery to correct the damage.
Therefore, you need to be aware of these delayed onset injuries and to seek medical attention if you experience pain after a car accident.
Unfortunately, you may face a long road to recovery – both physically and financially. Medical bills can quickly start to pile up, and if you’re unable to work, you may be struggling to make ends meet. You may need legal assistance to navigate the claims process and get the help you need.