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Delayed Car Accident Injuries | Eisenberg Law Offices

Be Aware Of Delayed Car Accident Injuries

The most dramatic car accident injuries, such as lacerations and broken bones, are apparent in the immediate aftermath of an accident, but those aren’t the only type of injuries to worry about. Delayed car accident injuries can be just as debilitating and just as dangerous to your recovery and long-term health.

These delayed injuries may not show up until hours, days, or weeks after the accident has occurred. The human body has an incredible ability to compensate for injury or discomfort. You may be injured and your body adapts to it without you even being aware of it. Unfortunately, that only lasts for so long. Eventually, the stress and strain on your body due to improper mechanics become evident and you’re wondering why you have headaches all the time, or stiff joints, sore muscles, or trouble with your balance.

It’s for this reason that so many professionals from paramedics and law enforcement officers to car accident attorneys recommend seeing a doctor after an accident, even if you feel fine. Another reason to see your doctor and get a clean bill of health has to do with insurance companies.

Examples of Delayed Car Accident Injuries

Most delayed injuries involve the head, neck, and spine but soft tissue injuries to muscles, ligaments, and tendons are also very common. It’s not unusual to experience a mix of injuries, but the one thing they all have in common is a tendency to manifest themselves several days or weeks after the incident occurs. You’ve no doubt heard of all of these injuries as being associated with car accidents:

  • Whiplash
  • Concussions
  • Sprains
  • Bruises/contusions
  • Back injuries

Sometimes, victims are so distracted in the aftermath of the accident that they can’t even feel the injury; they’re running on endorphins and adrenaline. In other cases, they brush off the discomfort they feel as being so minor as to not be worthy of a trip to the doctor.

More serious injuries like whiplash and concussions may not show symptoms until several days or weeks after the accident because they take time to develop as inflammation continues to increase. Complicating the situation is the fact that some soft tissue injuries can’t be identified with an X-ray and diagnosis becomes challenging.

Steps To Take After A Car Accident

If you have been injured in a car accident, we recommend seeing a doctor right away for a full evaluation, even if you feel fine. Anytime you have been involved in an auto accident, you have the right to pursue compensation from either your own insurance provider or the other driver’s insurance company, depending on the circumstances. This compensation can help pay for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other expenses that arise as a result of the accident.

To receive compensation in these types of situations, you’ll need the advice of the experienced auto accident attorneys at Madison’s Eisenberg Law Offices. If you have been seriously injured in a car accident or are experiencing problems with an insurance provider and want to discuss your options, contact Eisenberg Law Offices at 608-256-8356 or to arrange a free consultation.