Can Injuries Show Up After a Car Accident?

Arm in a CastMany people assume that car accident related injuries will show up immediately, such as a broken bone or laceration. However, many other types of injuries may not show themselves for hours, days, and often weeks after an accident. For this reason, it is a good idea to see a doctor even if you don’t feel any immediate effects of the crash.

If you’ve been in a serious car accident, do not sign any release with the insurance company until you’ve been fully evaluated by a doctor, and are certain you are not injured. If you sign a release immediately, you cannot pursue compensation if an injury pops up later.

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Common “Delayed” Car Accident Injuries

Many of these “delayed” car accident injuries will involve the neck, head, or spine. Others impact the soft tissue of your body, which includes muscles, ligaments, and tendons. What these injuries all have in common, however, is that they can take weeks to manifest symptoms.

Common types of “delayed” car accident injuries include:

  • Whiplash
  • Concussions
  • Sprains
  • Bruises/contusions
  • Back injuries

Why Aren’t There Immediate Symptoms?

Depending on what the injury is, there could be a number of reasons why you don’t initially feel any symptoms. In many cases, the frenzy of an auto accident can distract you, and cause your body to release endorphins and adrenaline, which can mask the pain of an injury.

For many types of injuries, particularly concussions, whiplash, and other soft tissue injuries, the pain and discomfort will usually show up days or weeks after the accident. These injuries can take time to develop and cannot be identified via X-ray, making them tough to diagnose.

I’ve Been Injured in a Crash. What Should I Do?

If you’ve been injured in a serious auto accident, you have a right to pursue fair compensation. In addition to the physical pain and suffering, you may be saddled with expensive medical bills and other expenses. To get the money you deserve, call Jones & Swanson. When you retain our firm, our Marietta personal injury attorneys will work tirelessly to get the best results possible on your behalf. As members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, we have successfully secured more than $50 million for our clients.

Don’t settle for less than you deserve. Call Jones & Swanson today at (770) 884-6652.