The symptoms of delayed accident injuries include headaches, numbness and tingling, neck and back pain, and depression, PTSD, or anxiety. Everyone reacts differently to car accident injuries. Some people experience the symptoms immediately after the accident. Others experience the symptoms a few hours, days, or even weeks after the motor vehicle crash.
Causes of Delayed Injuries
A car accident triggers the biological flight or fight response in the accident victims. This trigger causes an adrenaline and endorphin surge in the body. These chemicals help to delay the symptoms or pain.
Common Delayed Injury Symptoms
Headaches, nausea, mental fogginess, loss of consciousness, loss of balance, and difficulty focusing are common symptoms of concussions. Also known as a mild traumatic brain injury, concussions are the most common delayed accident injuries. Concussion injuries occur when the brain bounces inside the head.
Numbness and Tingling
Numbness and tingling are symptoms of whiplash, another common delayed accident injury. Whiplash is caused by the rapid forward and backward jerking movement of the neck. This forceful motion tears up the soft tissues. It also damages the nerves in the head and neck regions. Other symptoms of whiplash include upper back and shoulder pain, headaches, and difficulty moving the neck.
Neck and Back pain
Pain along the spinal cord and neck is a symptom of a herniated disc. A herniated disc occurs when the jelly-like fluid inside the discs protrudes and presses on the outer ring. This force against the outer ring may result in pain in the lower back.
Back Pain, Muscle Spasms, and Tingling Sensations
The crash impact damages the connective tissues of the spinal cord, nerves, and spinal discs. The symptoms of delayed spinal cord injuries include loss of mobility, muscle spasms, back pain, tingling sensations, and stiffness.
Depression, PTSD, or Anxiety
Accidents are traumatic events. This impacts the victim’s emotional well-being. Many accident victims develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after the accident. Some are even unable to ever get behind the wheels of any vehicle. These delayed injuries might take months or years to come full circle.
Some injuries from motor vehicle accidents take time to manifest. Seeking a medical checkup immediately after a crash helps to rule out any long-term effects of the accident. In Las Vegas, an accident lawyer can put together all the evidence the accident victim needs to prove that the delayed injuries were directly caused by the motor vehicle accident.