Many people involved in car accidents experience injuries that are immediately apparent. However, some injuries caused by car accidents do not show symptoms until days or weeks after the accident. It is essential to be aware of these types of injuries and to seek medical attention if you experience any symptoms. You can still recover compensation for your injuries from the at-fault driver, even if the injuries do not appear immediately.
There are a variety of different injuries that a person may suffer in a car accident that will not show symptoms until days or weeks later. These types of injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries: A blow to the head can cause a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Symptoms of a TBI may not appear until days or weeks after the initial injury occurred. Symptoms of a TBI can include headaches, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, light sensitivity, and changes in mood or personality. If you experience any of these symptoms after a car accident, it is essential to seek medical attention immediately.
- Whiplash: Whiplash is an injury to the neck caused when the head is suddenly and violently jerked forward and then backward. Whiplash often occurs in rear-end collisions. Symptoms of whiplash may not appear immediately but can include neck pain and stiffness, headaches, dizziness, and difficulty concentrating. If you experience any of these symptoms after a car accident, it is important to seek medical attention immediately.
- Spinal cord injuries: A blow to the spine can cause a spinal cord injury. Symptoms of a spinal cord injury may not appear until days or weeks after the initial injury occurred. Symptoms of a spinal cord injury can include back pain, paralysis, loss of sensation, and difficulty breathing. If you experience any of these symptoms after a car accident, seeking medical attention as soon as possible is important.
Types of Accidents That Might Cause Delayed Injuries
Several different types of accidents might cause delayed injuries. These types of accidents include:
- Rear-end collisions: Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of car accidents. They often occur when one driver follows another driver too closely and does not have enough time to stop when the lead driver slows down or stops suddenly. Rear-end collisions often result in whiplash.
- Side-impact collisions: Side-impact collisions occur when one vehicle hits another vehicle from the side. These types of accidents often occur at intersections when one vehicle fails to yield the right-of-way to another vehicle that has the right-of-way. Side-impact collisions often result in serious injuries, such as TBIs and spinal cord injuries.
- Rollover accidents: Rollover accidents occur when a vehicle rolls over onto its side or roof due to a sudden change in direction or speed. These types of accidents often happen when a driver loses control of their vehicle on a sharp turn or while driving on an icy road. Rollover accidents often result in catastrophic injuries, such as TBIs and spinal cord injuries.
Our Delaware Car Accident Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Can Help
You may be entitled to compensation if you have been injured in a collision. Speak with our Delaware car accident lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC to discuss your legal options. Call 302-888-1221 or complete our online form to schedule a free consultation. Located in Wilmington, Delaware, we serve clients in Dover, Newark, and Middletown.