Late Onset of Injuries Caused by a Car Accident
After a car accident, some personal injuries will present immediately, and other personal injuries may take several weeks to months to become apparent. Some of those personal injuries will gradually worsen and other personal injuries will appear with a sudden and painful presentation.
What is important to note is that if you are involved in a car accident, you may feel fine in the hours or days following the car accident, however, this can drastically change. It is extremely important that you monitor any pain or discomfort you feel following a car accident no matter how minimal it may be.
Common car accident injuries that may take several days to weeks to present are whiplash injuries, back and spinal cord injuries and jaw injuries.
Some signs of a whiplash associated injury from a car accident are neck pain, headaches, shoulder pain, radicular pain into the arms, blurred vision, and dizziness. Unfortunately, whiplash injuries sustained in a car accident can go on to become chronic pain injuries that will require treatment for many years; in some cases, chronic whiplash injuries never fully resolve.
Back and spinal cord injuries sustained in a car accident may involve muscles, ligament sprains/strains, herniated discs, structural damage to the spinal cord or nerve impingement. The result of these personal injuries can be back pain, neurologic pain, and functional limitations.
It is important to note that these personal injuries can take weeks to months to present themselves.
Jaw injuries are often associated with whiplash injuries. Often times a person involved in a car accident who suffers a whiplash injury will gradually notice pain with chewing, fatigue at the jaw, popping or clicking at the jaw, or a reduced ability to open the jaw; all of which they had never noticed before. It is not uncommon that jaw injuries progressively worsen over time; especially when left untreated.
If you have been involved in a car accident and have experienced the onset of personal injuries, contact a knowledgeable lawyer at Law Fifty One LLP to see what options may be available to you in order to claim for compensation.