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How Long After a Car Accident Can Injuries Appear?

Jeff Varcadipane

March 19, 2024

Car accidents regularly lead to various physical injuries. Some injuries are immediately apparent, and you know you need emergency treatment. However, other injuries may not show up until hours, days, or even weeks after the accident. It’s important to understand that the onset of symptoms can vary greatly from person to person.

Dealing with and proving delayed injuries can be challenging. If you or someone you know has been in a car accident in New Jersey, always consult with a skilled car accident lawyer from Varcadipane & Pinnisi, PC. We can guide you through the legal process and help you secure the compensation you deserve, no matter what type of injuries you have.

Common Symptoms of Injuries that Can Appear Later

Concussions

One commonly delayed injury after a car accident is a concussion. The forceful impact of a collision can cause the brain to move rapidly within the skull, resulting in a brain injury. However, symptoms may not surface immediately, leading the victim to dismiss them as unrelated.

Headaches, dizziness, confusion, memory problems, and changes in mood can all indicate a concussion. Many victims might think feeling disoriented or moody might be normal from the stress of an accident. However, untreated concussions can have serious long-term consequences.

Whiplash

Whiplash is another injury that may not show symptoms immediately after a car accident. It occurs when the head is forcefully thrown forward and then snapped back, straining the neck and upper back muscles. Symptoms of whiplash can include neck pain and stiffness, headaches, and difficulty moving the neck.

The severity of whiplash can vary, and symptoms may take hours or even days to emerge. Promptly consulting a medical professional can help ensure you receive proper treatment for this injury.

Strains and Sprains

Muscle strains and sprains are common injuries that can also have delayed symptoms after a car accident. These injuries occur when the ligaments, tendons, or muscles are stretched or torn due to abrupt movements during the crash. Delayed symptoms may include pain, swelling, limited mobility, and muscle spasms that arise over the days following the crash.

Internal Injuries

Internal injuries are among the most serious and potentially life-threatening injuries that can result from a car accident. However, symptoms of internal injuries may not be immediately noticeable, especially since these are invisible conditions to the eye.

Injuries to organs such as the liver, spleen, or kidneys can occur due to the impact of the collision, and internal bleeding can develop without immediate symptoms. If you experience abdominal pain, dizziness, fainting, or notice any signs of internal distress in the hours or days after a collision, seek emergency medical attention immediately.

It’s Wise to See a Doctor After a Car Accident, Even if You Don’t Feel Immediate Pain

After a car accident, always prioritize your health and well-being, even if you don’t feel any immediate pain or discomfort. Many injuries can have delayed symptoms, as we’ve discussed earlier. A doctor can discover injuries you might not yet notice.

Additionally, not seeking medical attention promptly after an accident can affect your ability to file a successful insurance claim or pursue legal action. Insurance companies may argue that your injuries are not related to the accident if you delay seeking medical treatment.

Taking immediate action to consult a healthcare professional not only ensures your well-being but also strengthens your compensation case. It’s very advisable to not wait until after a car accident injury appears.

Proving You Had Delayed Symptoms When Filing a Car Accident Claim

When filing a car accident claim, you must prove that your injuries and symptoms were a direct result of the accident. This can be challenging if there is a delay between the accident and your symptoms. To strengthen your case, always consult a car accident attorney as soon as you learn you have injuries.

An experienced attorney will know how to connect your injuries with the crash, even if you waited hours or even a few days to get a diagnosis. Do not try to prove your car accident injuries on your own, as insurance companies will often challenge this aspect of your claim.

Speak with a New Jersey Car Accident Lawyer Today

Call Varcadipane & Pinnisi, PC today at (201) 588-1500 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with our trusted New Jersey car accident lawyers. Take the first step towards securing the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses. Don’t wait any longer – take action now to protect your rights and ensure a favorable outcome for your case. We can assess your rights and options.

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