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Signs of a Delayed Injury After an Accident

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Not every injury shows up immediately after an accident. In fact, some can take days or weeks to show up. Unfortunately, many of these injuries are serious. They can warrant significant compensation in a personal injury claim.

However, you might not be sure whether what you’re experiencing is related to your accident. It can be hard to tell, and while a doctor can tell you for sure, there are a few key signs that what you’re experiencing is a delayed injury after your accident.  

You’re Having Pain

Pain is often one of the first signs that you’re suffering from a delayed injury. In many cases, you might have been too frightened or overwhelmed to focus on the pain, or you simply might not have felt it until later.

Below are a few of the most common pains and the delayed injuries associated with them:

  • Headaches – In many accident types, you might have suffered head trauma, but a concussion may not appear right away.
  • Neck Pain – Whiplash is a serious injury, but it may not become painful until later. Neck pain may also be associated with a back injury.
  • Back Pain – Spinal injuries may not hurt until later, and these can be especially serious.
  • Stomach Pain – If you’re experiencing serious pain in your abdomen, get to a doctor quickly. Internal bleeding is dangerous, and medical attention may be necessary.

If you’re concerned about any pain or symptoms you’re experiencing, seek medical care.

You Feel Emotionally Distressed

Sometimes, you may not feel a lot of pain, or you might have already had your injuries treated. Afterward, though, you may begin feeling distressed. Your chest may feel tight, you might not be able to stand being behind the wheel or in a situation similar to your accident, and in some cases, it may be hard to leave the house.

For some people, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can take time to manifest, and you may not realize it’s happening when it first begins. In some cases, you may think it’s just nerves or stress from your accident, but it’s better to check before you assume. PTSD is serious, and it can impact much of your life.

If you believe you’re suffering from any emotional distress, contact your doctor. Your diagnosis could help you get the compensation you need for the suffering you’ve endured at the hands of a negligent party.

An Alabama Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help

Injuries can become serious days or weeks after an accident, and you may need to act later than expected. You might have walked away feeling fine after the accident, but when you’re feeling sick, in pain, or distressed after your accident, you may need help.

Once you’ve determined that you have a delayed injury, the Henry Dailey Law Firm can help you through the personal injury claim process. It’s tough to go it alone, especially when you’re dealing with a serious condition. Fortunately, we’re ready to fight for your compensation.

If you’re seeing signs of a delayed injury after an accident, don’t hesitate to contact a doctor and our law firm. For a free consultation, call us at 205-995-2412 or fill out the online contact form at the bottom of this page.


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