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How long after a car accident can injuries appear?

In many instances, people involved in a car accident do not immediately feel pain or report injuries following an accident. This delay could be for a multitude of reasons, but what we do know is that in the hours, days or even weeks after an auto-accident injuries and symptoms begin to appear. Some internal injuries to organs do not immediately begin showing symptoms, or a person believes that the symptom is related to a minor ailment at first. The exact length of time before injury symptoms become apparent comes down to the individual and the type of injuries. If you feel you have been injured in a car accident, you should seek out professional medical care.


Types of Car Accident Injuries

Car accidents can be violent impacts resulting in the body making fast whipping motions and even resulting in blunt force trauma if part of the body impacts the inside of the vehicle. The injuries created in car accidents can vary greatly. These injuries can range from minor soft tissue injuries all the way up to death. Some of the common severe injuries include:

1. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)

2. Burns

3. Loss of limbs

4. Spinal Cord Injuries

5. Lacerations

6. Internal Bleeding

7. Radiculopathy due to nerve impingement

8. Concussion

9. Whiplash

Car accidents are considered to be the leading cause of spinal cord injuries by the Mayo Clinic. Motor vehicle crashes are also the most common cause of work-related death in the United States. The point is, don’t take your aches and pains lightly after a car accident. Seek professional advice, because serious injuries can and do result from a car accidents every day in the U.S.

Assessing Car Accident Injuries

While every car accident is unique, it is always worth while to go get checked by a medical professional regarding any injuries or symptoms you may be feeling after an accident. Immediately apparent injuries can often hide the symptoms of more serious conditions. If you do end up filing an insurance claim for your injuries the insurance company will be looking at the amount of time from the accident to your first date of treatment. As a former insurance defense attorney, I know that if the delay in treatment is over two weeks these insurance companies will begin to press the brakes on paying out fair compensation.

If you were injured based on the fault of another person, you deserve fair compensation for your injuries regardless of if there was a delay in treatment. Should you choose to hire an Alabama Car Accident Attorney, we would be happy to do a free consultation. You have the right to consult and hire legal counsel to assist you in navigating this entire process. For more information on hiring a car accident attorney check out our other article about the cost of hiring a car accident attorney.

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