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Delayed Injuries from a Car Accident

delayed injuries after a car accident

If you get through your car accident and don’t immediately notice any bleeding wounds or broken bones, you may breathe a sigh of relief and think that you’re free and clear. However, the symptoms of many serious car injuries do not always show up right away. They may not appear for hours or days, by which time it is hard to prove that your injuries were caused by your car accident.

After a car accident, watch out for the following worrying symptoms that may point to a major injury. Learn more about your legal options by talking to the team at Ron Aslam Law Office. Call us at 502-581-1676 to schedule a consultation.


Many accident victims ignore the headache that develops after a crash, simply treating it with ibuprofen and moving on. However, this is a symptom to watch out for. A headache could be nothing serious, but it could be indicative of a much more severe injury, such as a concussion, traumatic brain injury, or blood clot. Take immediate action if a headache worsens, cannot be treated with medication, or develops suddenly and with severe pain.

Back or Neck Pain

Both neck and back pain may hint at serious injuries after a car crash. Whiplash is perhaps the most common injury after a car accident, but you may not notice immediate neck pain. Adrenaline surges during an accident, blocking pain. As the adrenaline wears off, your neck may start to ache. Whiplash generally goes away on its own without intervention, so what you really need to watch out for is a spinal cord injury. To know whether neck pain is caused by whiplash or spinal cord injury, you must get it checked out right away.

Back pain can also be indicative of damage to the spinal cord or the spine. Misaligned vertebra can cause serious issues with mobility and pain, so you should seek care right away if back pain lingers after a car crash.

Abdominal Pain

Pinpointing abdominal pain is difficult, since this part of the body is home to so many vital organs and structures. In some cases, abdominal pain is simply the result of the seatbelt jamming into the stomach during a crash. In others, though, abdominal pain may be a warning sign of internal bleeding. Internal bleeding quickly becomes fatal and requires immediate medical intervention. You should also watch out for dizziness, fainting, and bruising.

Numbness or Tingling in the Extremities

Nerve damage often presents as numbness in your hands, arms, feet, or legs. In many cases, nerve damage can be treated and minimized. However, if you wait too long to seek treatment, this injury may become permanent. Nerve damage can leave you with limited mobility and poor motor skills.

Irritability or Changes in Behavior

One of the most serious warning signs after a car accident is rapid changes in mood or behavior. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are always a risk in a car accident, and these symptoms often indicate a TBI.

The brain is extremely complex, so symptoms vary, depending on which part of the brain is affected. However, irritability is a clear sign of a TBI. If the part of the brain that controls emotional regulation is affected, victims often suffer irritability out of nowhere, rapid mood changes, or inappropriate behavior. They may also experience crying fits, anger or lashing out, and inappropriate speech.

Sometimes, these symptoms are written off as stress from an accident, but they do warrant immediate medical care. Other symptoms to look out for include memory loss, difficulty speaking or pronouncing words, inability to comprehend speech, excessive fatigue, and persistent headaches.

All of these symptoms require medical attention. This is why it is so important to go to a doctor as soon as possible after an accident. They can determine whether or not you’ve suffered serious injuries and ensure you get the care you need. Additionally, getting medical attention is a way to prove that injuries were caused by a car crash. This strengthens your personal injury case.

Ron Aslam Law Office is Here to Help with Your Personal Injury Case

Have you been injured in a car accident? Don’t take on the insurance company by yourself. Turn to Ron Aslam Law Office for the aggressive representation you deserve. Schedule a consultation now by calling us at 502-581-1676 or filling out our contact form.