Pain after a car accident:
What to expect physically & how to recover financially
Whether you’ve suffered immediate pain, delayed pain, or lingering pain after a car accident, you deserve a chance to recover. Describing your pain to a medical professional is only the first step. Proving your pain to an insurance company is a different (and often more difficult) situation.
The road to physical and financial recovery after a car accident can be daunting, but you don’t have to go it alone. Get an experienced, successful personal injury lawyer on your side to fight for the compensation you deserve.
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Delayed pain after a car accident
Shock, adrenaline, and stress can all mask pain in the aftermath of a crash. You could have serious injuries and not experience any symptoms until much later. Always get checked out by a doctor as soon as possible after a car crash, even if you don’t have obvious signs of injury.
Maybe you did see a doctor after the collision, and they couldn’t find anything wrong. Later on when pain surfaces, you may be tempted to ignore it, or “wait and see”. Don’t. There are many serious injuries that can hide after a car accident. Always report new symptoms to your doctor as soon as you notice them - to protect your health and your injury claim.
How long after a car accident can symptoms appear?
Some types of injuries might not have noticeable symptoms for several hours, days, or even weeks after the accident. Different people can suffer the same injury and develop symptoms at different times.
Here are some of the most common delayed symptoms after a car accident, and the kinds of injuries they may indicate:
- Headache can be a sign of serious head or neck injuries, traumatic brain injury or a blood clot
- Back & neck pain can be a symptom of whiplash, spinal cord injury, nerve damage, vertebral fracture, or torn/strained muscles
- Shoulder pain can indicate whiplash, spine injury, shoulder impingement, bursitis, thoracic outlet syndrome and more
- Stomach pain can be a sign of seatbelt syndrome, internal bleeding, ruptured or torn organs, peritonitis and more
- Tingling or numbness can be a symptom of a herniated disc, other spine injuries, an injured nerve, and more
- Personality or behavior changes can indicate a traumatic brain injury
- Clumsiness or difficulty moving can also indicate a traumatic brain injury, which can interfere with signals between your brain and body
Getting a fair settlement for delayed injuries
When your injuries were caused by the car accident, you deserve compensation for them, even if pain and other symptoms were delayed.
Settling too soon after a car accident can leave you high and dry if delayed symptoms appear after you’ve cashed the check. You only have one chance to collect compensation, so make sure the settlement amount will be enough to cover your present and future medical costs for injuries caused by the accident.
What to expect physically after a car accident
While no two car accidents or crash victims are the same, in general there are some symptoms commonly caused by car accidents:
- Physical pain as the result of injuries can vary widely, and in some cases becomes chronic.
- Swelling often develops hours or days later, and can be external or internal.
- Bruising is very common and can be a sign of many different known & undiagnosed injuries.
- Ringing in the ears can be caused by loud noise, head injuries or ear injuries.
- Blurred vision can arise from concussion, whiplash or PTSD.
- Dizziness or vertigo can be caused by head injury, ear injury, or PTSD.
- PTSD from the trauma of the crash can cause anxiety, mood swings, nightmares and many other mental and physical symptoms.
- Sleeping a lot after a car accident can indicate a very serious head injury. Excessive sleeping can also be a symptom of PTSD or depression.
How long does pain last after a car accident?
There is no “normal” after a car accident. Your age, medical history, and the particular circumstances of your crash are all factors in how long it takes to heal. Depending on your situation and the severity of your injuries you could be in pain for several weeks, months, or even years.
A personal injury claim can compensate you for pain caused by someone else’s carelessness – including chronic pain and loss of enjoyment, in cases where injuries have a permanent effect on your quality of life.
Recovering after a car accident
To truly be made whole again, accident victims need to recover physically, mentally, and financially.
Get professional medical treatment for your injuries as soon as possible after the collision. Follow all of your doctor’s instructions for treatment and rehabilitation. If you develop any new symptoms, tell your doctor right away.
Mental & emotional recovery:
Many people experience increased stress and/or emotional distress after a motor vehicle collision, which can manifest as anxiety, sleep problems, panic attacks, difficulty concentrating, and more. It’s a good idea to seek help from a mental health professional to help you process trauma from the event.
Get a professional assessment of your injury claim from an experienced personal injury attorney. You may be entitled to more compensation than you realize. A qualified attorney will:
- Uncover all possible sources of liability for the accident
- Work with experts to establish a truly fair value for your claim
- Fight tooth and nail for every last penny you deserve
Your attorney also takes the burden of dealing with the insurance companies and the claims process off your shoulders, which can make recovery much easier for you.
Compassionate legal help for Wisconsinites dealing with pain after a car accident
Steve Caya understands the position you’re in. He’s been the victim of a motorcycle accident and knows first-hand the pain, anxiety and frustration victims experience. With decades of experience fighting for the rights of his clients, he’s earned a reputation as one of the most knowledgeable and trustworthy personal injury attorneys in Wisconsin.
He’ll help you through the financial aspects of your personal injury case, so all you have to do is focus on feeling better.