When people are victims of a car accident, they often believe that if they don’t feel immediate pain, they weren’t hurt.
But this isn’t necessarily true. The human body releases endorphins (natural pain killers) which can mask the pain for several days following the accident.
Some of the most common types of delayed injuries include:
Concussions – A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that results from sudden deceleration or if the skull comes into with contact with something such as the dashboard. Symptoms include blurred or double vision, depression, confusion, and ringing in the ears.
Whiplash – This is one of the most common types of car accident injuries, and it’s a soft tissue injury to the neck. Symptoms may include neck spasms, dizziness, headaches, and slowed reflexes.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, often occurs after a motor vehicle accident. It can take several months for symptoms to manifest, and may include recurring flashbacks of the accident and anxiety.
Back Pain – When an injury to the back’s soft tissue occurs, symptoms such decreased range of motion or stiffness may not appear for several days or weeks. More than half of all rear-impact collision victims experience low back pain.
Internal Bleeding – Because internal bleeding cannot be seen without a CT scan or X-ray, a physician will likely order such tests for accident victims who experience pain around their organs. It’s possible for internal bleeding to go undetected for many days, and symptoms of this life-threatening condition include dizziness, fainting, and deep purple bruising.
If you sustained injuries in a car accident due to another’s driver’s negligence, please contact us. AsNew Jersey personal injury attorneys, we will determine if you have a claim, and help you get the money you deserve if you do.