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Why You May Not Realize You are Injured Immediately Following a Car Accident

A lot of insurance companies try to downplay the value of your lawsuit by using the argument that you did not claim any injuries at the scene, or right after the accident. Some people may wonder why they do not notice their injuries right away, but it is pretty common due to the pure shock of the accident. In certain instances, you may not develop symptoms for a day or two later anyway.

Injuries That May Have Delayed Onset

Unless you have serious injuries noted instantly at the scene, you may not start to feel the pain from the accident until the shock wears off and your body begins to react. Some of these injuries include:

  • Shoulder and Neck Stiffness: Whiplash is one of the most common delayed injuries sustained in car accidents. Many cases occur with lower speed collisions too.
  • Headaches: Do not take a headache lightly. If you have one that develops after an accident, it could point to more serious issues, so you should see a doctor right away to rule out any serious injuries like concussion or life-threatening conditions like a blood clot.
  • Abdominal Pain: If you have swelling and abdominal pain, it could indicate a more serious condition like internal bleeding. If you develop dark purple bruising and feel dizzy, you should seek immediate medical treatment.
  • Numbness: Noted numbness in hands and arms is not an uncommon associated complaint with whiplash. This may indicate a pinched nerve or something more serious.
  • Back Pain: Back pain is another delayed onset symptom that is closely associated with car accidents.
  • Noted Personality Changes: This is an important one as it could point to a traumatic brain injury or concussion. If you are struggling with memory issues, balance problems, blurry vision, and/or depression, you should see a doctor right away.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

There is the chance for some people to develop post-traumatic stress disorder after an accident. It is normal to experience some discomfort and emotions after an accident. However, if your feelings do not disappear, or become stronger, it may be a sign of post-traumatic stress disorder. Some of the symptoms you may notice:

  • Increased anxiety about driving or riding in a vehicle
  • Irritability or extreme anger and/or worry
  • Difficulty sleeping and nightmares
  • The continued feeling of uneasiness
  • Anxiety about having medical treatment and tests done
  • An overall feeling of disconnect from loved ones, friends, and events

Each person reacts differently, and that means symptoms and triggers may be dissimilar. Someone who has experienced a traumatic event in the past may react entirely different than someone who has not experienced trauma in his or her life. If the individual has underlying issues like anxiety, depression, or another mental condition, the accident may feel far more traumatic.

When to Retain a Maryland Personal Injury Attorney

If you were involved in an accident and had injuries that developed several days later, do not assume that means you do not have a valid injury claim against the at-fault party. It is important that you speak with a skilled Maryland car accident attorney who can help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact the Law Office of Robert R. Castro to schedule a consultation today.

This article has been provided by the Law Office of Robert Castro. For more information or questions contact our office to speak to an experienced lawyer at (301) 870-1200.