Car crashes can cause significant damage to the human body. While these injuries are sometimes evident at the scene of the accident, there are some that won’t be noticed until later. People sometimes falsely assume that delayed means they can’t do anything to try to recover damages for them.
One important thing to remember after the crash is not to sign any releases right away. Insurance companies will sometimes prey on victims’ needs to cover bills to get them to sign these documents quickly. Instead, it is best to wait to ensure nothing creeps up in the weeks after the crash.
There are several symptoms that might occur during this time that could signal that you have an accident-related injury. Here are a few of the more common delayed symptoms that might mean sometime is wrong:
- Abdominal pain: This could signal that you have an internal injury from the wreck.
- Back pain: A herniated disc, a sprain, nerve damage and other injuries can all cause back pain.
- Headache: A brain injury, blood clot, concussion, whiplash, or neck trauma can cause headaches.
- Emotional trauma: Post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health conditions may be the result of a serious car wreck.
- Numbness and tingling: Nerve damage or a pinched nerve can cause limb weakness, tingling and numbness.
- Neck pain: Whiplash and a neck injury can cause pain in the shoulders or neck.
If you are in a serious wreck, it is probably best for you to have a medical evaluation. This might help you to learn about possible injuries you may have. Once you know the full extent of the damage that was done on your body, you can work on getting the compensation you need.