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Thomas DeLattre and Glen D. Wieland

Dealing with delayed pain after accidents

On Behalf of | Jul 21, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Car accidents may happen without warning, and victims may realize they suffered severe injuries once the shock wears off. Lacerations and pain prompt victims to seek immediate treatment, but many persons involved in Florida vehicle collisions never go to an emergency room. They assume there’s nothing wrong with them because they feel no immediate pain. They might not realize that the pain from some severe injuries may not manifest until later.

The dangers of delayed pain

A person may feel fine after an accident and suffer complications later. Internal injuries and bleeding may provide no signs right away, but things could become life-threatening later. Then, there are situations where victims dismiss seemingly inconsequential symptoms underlying a dangerous condition.

For example, numbness and tingling reflect two symptoms people may feel after a vehicle collision. Such feelings might cause minor discomfort that doesn’t raise alarms. Unfortunately, the mild symptoms may indicate severe physical injuries such as spinal damage or a broken neck. Someone walking around with an undiagnosed broken neck risks the injury worsening and causing a permanent disability.

Others may dismiss a headache, not knowing they are dealing with a concussion. Mild lingering injuries could reflect whiplash or other problems requiring treatment. Again, a lack of treatment might lead to things getting worse.

Seeking a medical evaluation

It might be advisable to undergo a medical examination after being involved in motor vehicle accidents. Hopefully, a doctor will diagnose any injuries the victim suffered. Appropriate, possibly life-saving treatment may follow.

Accident victims typically seek compensation for any losses they suffer. A medical examination may validate claims by presenting evidence of a serious injury, and medical billing statements could support claims for losses.

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