Injuries inflicted upon drivers during an accident can be severe and immediately
apparent. However, sometimes the symptoms of your injuries will show up
long after the accident. If you plan to file a
personal injury claim after being in an accident, you should be aware of a few things first.
When you’re in an accident, your body’s natural senses become
heightened. This stimulates the release of adrenaline and endorphins which
can sometimes block or relieve pain. As a result of this process, many
accident injuries go unnoticed by victims.
Soft tissue refers to parts of the body that are not bone, like muscles,
tendons, and ligaments. The most commonly experienced soft tissue injury
in a car accident is whiplash. This injury usually happens when a person’s
head is suddenly thrown forward and then backward with great force. Symptoms
of this injury can sometimes take days or even weeks to appear. Soft tissue
injuries do not show up on x-rays which can make them hard to document
Blunt force directed towards your head can harm your brain and potentially
cause a concussion. Symptoms of a concussion can be subtle and take time
to develop. They include:
- Difficulty Concentrating
- Blurry Vision
- Clouded Thoughts
- Trouble Retaining Information
- Erratic Sleep Patterns
Pain or swelling in your abdomen can be a sign of internal bleeding. Deep
bruising or purple-looking skin can also be a sign of internal injury.
This type of injury is not only life-threatening, but often goes unnoticed
for days in accident victims.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Some people might experience post-traumatic stress after their accident.
This condition develops as a result of their injuries or the event itself.
This can lead to anxiety and depression over time. Some PTSD victims also
experience dramatic changes in their behavior or personality after an accident.
You should find an experienced personal injury lawyer if you begin to notice
delayed injury symptoms after an accident. You might be entitled to financial
compensation for any medical bills, loss of income, or emotional distress
you may have suffered as result of your injuries. Our attorneys are here
to help you through the legal process and will fight for the compensation
Contact our Kingston personal injury attorneys, or call (845) 340-4878 to find out what we can do for you.