When Accident Injuries Show Up Days Later

When Accident Injuries Show Up Days Later

What to Do if Accident Injuries Show Up Days Later


When Accident Injuries Show Up Days Later

Hi, I’m Ed Smith, a Stockton Auto Accident Attorney. No matter if you suffered a minor fender bender or a devastating crash, the force of the accident can traumatize your body although you might not feel it until later. Read on for a few reasons why it can take some time for injuries to appear and what you can do to heal physically and protect yourself legally.

Why Injuries Can Take Time to Appear


  1. An Adrenaline Rush

During an accident, adrenaline and endorphins dump into your system, delaying your response to pain. Athletes sometimes experience this same phenomenon during a game and keep playing through a serious injury. Your body can respond similarly way after an accident. Once the chemicals dissipate from the body, then the pain sets in.


  1. Injuries to Soft Tissues


Soft tissue injuries involve ligaments, tendons and muscles. The impact of the accident can jar the entire body, resulting in stress to the most vulnerable parts of your body. For example, when your head is jolted back and forth, you can suffer from whiplash, a very common soft-tissue injury. Symptoms include swelling, stiffness, limited mobility and pain, which can take time to feel. Of even greater concern is that they don’t show up on an x-ray, making them difficult to diagnose.


  1. Concussions


A concussion means that your brain suffered serious jarring inside your skull. Symptoms might be delayed and can include:


  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling disoriented
  • Loss of energy
  • Foggy thinking
  • Blurry vision
  • A change in sleeping patterns
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Nausea and/or
  • Inability to recall new information.


See a doctor if you develop any of these symptoms after an accident.


  1. Get a Check Up after an Accident


Even if you feel fine after an accident, you should probably see a physician, but definitely go to the doctor if you suffer from any discomfort or pain. He or she can provide a thorough exam and advise you regarding the extent of your injuries.


If you do decide to pursue legal action after an accident, you will need to prove that you obtained medical treatment in a timely manner. Waiting too long to see a doctor will jeopardize your case.


  1. Wait to Settle a Case


After a collision, the other party’s insurance company might attempt to pressure you into signing a release and offer you a quick settlement. Wait until your injuries had time to appear before you agree to anything. Your doctor can advise you further as to how long this might take. If you sign a release, you lose your legal right to pursue future compensation even if an injury shows up later.

For further information on what to do when accident injuries show up days later — call an experienced injury attorney.

Personal Injury Attorney Serving Stockton

I’m Ed Smith, a Stockton Auto Accident Attorney. We have seen many clients with delayed reactions and injuries after an accident. Whether you suffered soft-tissue injuries or more noticeable injuries, we have the experience to pursue legal action on your behalf. For free, friendly advice on obtaining fair financial compensation, click on this link to email us. You can also reach us toll free at (800) 404-5400 or at locally at (916) 921-6400. What to Do if Accident Injuries Show Up Days Later

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