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Posted On November 26, 2021

Delayed Injuries Caused by Car Accidents

Sometimes, musculoskeletal injuries, spine injuries, concussions, anxiety, depression, and PTSD from car accidents don’t manifest until hours, days, weeks, or even months later. These injuries have one thing in common: they are all much more severe than typically expected.

Common Delayed Car Accident Injuries

Musculoskeletal Injuries

Musculoskeletal injuries consist of back pain or whiplash that may appear days after the car accident. They may even turn into chronic pain that ends up requiring surgical treatment. The accident itself can cause a fracture to the spine, but it normally takes some time for the body’s tissues to react. The most common symptoms of spine injury include inflammation in the neck, muscle spasms, and back pain.

Lumbar Spine Injuries

Lumbar spine injuries are also common in car accidents, and they can result from an impact on the back of the pelvis. The lumbar pain is usually indicated by sciatica, a condition that appears suddenly and causes excruciating pain in the lower back, along with a weak or numb leg. Unfortunately, this condition is difficult to diagnose and treat, since it may appear sporadically for months or even years after the accident.

Concussions

Concussions are a common injury in car accidents, but they usually don’t appear until a few days after the crash. This type of brain injury is accompanied by nausea and headaches that can start days or weeks after the accident. These symptoms prevent many individuals from performing their day-to-day activities.

Depression, Anxiety, and PTSD

Those who feel that they have lost their sense of security or trust in other drivers may eventually suffer from anxiety and depression. They may also develop PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), a condition that causes severe emotional distress when the accident victim relives the trauma caused by the accident. It can manifest days, weeks, or even months after the accident.

Personal Injury Claims for Delayed Injuries

The accident victim should keep every document relating to the accident safely, from police reports to accident scene photos, videos, and medical reports. An auto accident lawyer in Las Vegas can review these documents and advise an accident victim regarding the available legal options as far as recovering damages for delayed car accident injuries is involved. The lawyer can also obtain strong evidence to prove the existence of a condition that wasn’t immediately apparent but is now causing daily pain and suffering.

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