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Signs you may have a delayed injury after an accident

On Behalf of | Feb 14, 2023 | Personal Injury

Unfortunately, car accidents are all too common in the state of California. However, not every serious injury may be immediately apparent after an accident. Some take some time to manifest, even though they can significantly impact your health. It’s always wise to seek immediate medical attention after an accident.

Kinds of injuries that can appear delayed after an accident

Just because an injury isn’t immediately apparent does not mean a person has not suffered a serious personal injury. Common injuries that may appear delayed after an accident include:

  • Abdominal injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Concussions
  • Internal bleeding
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Spinal trauma
  • Muscle, ligament and joint injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Whiplash

Tell-tale symptoms

The victim of an accident and their loved ones should look out for the tell-tale symptoms of an undiagnosed injury. Things you should look out for include:

  • Abdominal swelling
  • Back aches
  • Behavioral changes
  • Depression and mood swings
  • Headaches
  • Muscle soreness
  • Neck or shoulder stiffness
  • Numbness
  • Tingling

What to do after an accident

Personal injuries that seem delayed can result in serious illness and long-term disability. In certain cases, they can even lead to death. It’s imperative to receive immediate medical attention after a serious accident no matter what kind of injury is immediately apparent. Only trained medical professionals can accurately detect, diagnose and treat such an injury. That treatment could end up saving the life and livelihood of you or your loved ones.

Overall, being careful about accidents and personal injuries is always good. Always assume the worst after such an accident. It’s much better to take action immediately. The true extent of a person’s injuries may not be immediately apparent.