If you recently suffered a car accident and only just began to feel some form of pain, you should seek out professional medical attention as soon as possible. When you experience delayed pain after an accident, it can indicate a variety of injuries, some of which can lead to long-term damage or even death if left untreated
Depending on the type of pain you experience, your delayed pain may indicate many kinds of injuries, so it is important to get a complete medical screening after any car accident, even if you don’t remember anything particularly dangerous or painful happening.
If you experience headaches or nausea, you may have a mild traumatic brain injury, which can occur any time you receive a blow to your head. Similarly, your pain may relate to injuries to your spine or the muscles around your neck and shoulders.
If you have sharp or radiating pain in your shoulders, neck or back, you may have spinal injuries or musculature injuries. Similarly, if you experience numbness or tingling, especially in your fingers or toes, you may have a pinched nerve in your spine.
If your pain is in your abdomen, you should see a medical professional as soon as you can — today, if possible. Abdomen pain often indicates internal bleeding or organ damage. If left untreated, these injuries could turn fatal.
No matter what kind of delayed pain you experience, you deserve proper medical care. Once you receive proper care, do not hesitate to reach out to an attorney to examine the details of your experience, to keep your rights protected and to identify any opportunities you may have to receive fair compensation for your losses.
Source: findlaw, “What If My Pain After a Car Accident Was Delayed?,” accessed June 16, 2017