Delayed Injuries from a Car Accident

Vehicle crashes can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere. Some accidents can cause serious, even deadly injuries. Fortunately, most people involved in a car wreck only sustain minor injuries.

It may appear as if you have walked away from a wreck completely uninjured. You feel good and might not feel anything is amiss. However, the human body can have interesting reactions to trauma that slows our response to injury. To take this a step further, adrenaline can hide injury symptoms from a car crash for the time being.

If you have been involved in a car crash, remember that delayed symptoms indicate an injury after an accident. Specialists and physical therapists can help relieve pain after a vehicle accident if you suffer from delayed injuries.

Below mentioned are six potential delayed injuries that can occur hours, days, or even weeks after a car crash:

Back Pain

A car crash can lead to spinal injury, herniated disc, whiplash, soft tissue damage, or a sprain in the back. Such injuries can cause back pain, which can be excruciating and frustrating. In addition, a car crash can lead to spinal or vertebral misalignments. If the vertebrae are out of place, they can exert pressure on nerves around the spinal cord, causing pinched nerve pain, a tingling sensation, or numbness.

Back pain can also cause mobility restrictions. Consult an orthopedic expert or physical therapist before the situation worsens to understand what treatment options are appropriate for you.

Neck Pain

Similar to back pain, the effect of a car collision can also cause neck pain. The most common neck injury from a vehicle accident is whiplash. During an accident, the head being forced into the car’s seat after a rear-end accident can cause soreness, stiffness, pain, inflammation, restricted range of motion, blurred vision, and even headaches.

In case the pain is unrelated to whiplash, it could indicate a spinal cord injury. Consult your doctor to correctly diagnose neck pain after a car crash.


A common complaint after vehicle accidents is headaches. However, headaches are not to be taken lightly. In most cases, they aren’t serious and resolve on their own. But, at times, headaches could indicate something more sinister, such as a concussion, a blood clot in the brain, or a neck or head injury.

In a car crash, head injuries always present the risk of a traumatic brain injury as the brain can be thrashed against the hard part of the skull, causing bruising or bleeding of the brain. If you have hit your head in a car crash, you must seek medical attention immediately.

Abdominal Pain

Abdominal pain after a car accident could indicate internal bleeding, which can be life-threatening. However, you may not be aware of it for hours or even days following an accident. Dizzy spells, fainting or purple bruising could be symptoms of internal bleeding. If you experience any potential signs of internal bleeding, consult a doctor as soon as you can.

Tingling and Numbness

Neck soreness or stiffness could be one of the initial symptoms of whiplash, but this is not necessarily the case. At times, whiplash can lead to numbness or a tingling feeling, such as pins and needles, in your arms and legs.

These sensations are typically caused by injury or damage to the nerves around the spine and can persist if left untreated. Fortunately, physical therapists, chiropractors, or spine specialists can detect and treat spinal conditions that cause tingling and numbness.

Behavioral Changes

If you or someone you love has been in a car crash and you notice signs of behavior changes, it could be your brain informing you that something is amiss. Concussions from vehicle accidents can cause personality changes, memory problems, vision or hearing impairment, or depression.

The third leading injury sustained in car accidents is a brain injury. It’s essential to be diagnosed as soon as possible so that the recovery process can begin. So, schedule a consultation immediately if you notice any behavioral changes after a car wreck.

Three Long-Term Effects of Whiplash that are Often Ignored


In a whiplash injury, the head snaps backward and forward, which causes the brain to bounce against the skull’s side. Consequently, the cells of the brain are damaged, and you can develop a concussion. You might experience a headache. However, that is also an expected symptom of a whiplash injury. Upon seeking treatment for a whiplash injury, your doctor will examine you for signs of a concussion. But if you do not seek treatment, your concussion may become worse, particularly if you stay physically active instead of taking measures to avoid head movement. In the absence of treatment, you are at risk for concussion complications that can last much longer, such as dizziness, headaches, and difficulty focusing.

Limited Muscle Movement

When the soft tissues supporting your neck are compromised and you do not seek treatment, inflammation and scarring develop and can seriously limit your range of movement and progress into a chronic issue. Based on that information, you may start developing muscle strength loss or muscle atrophy as well as physical changes in the neck muscles, such as fatty deposits.

Loss of Balance

Your neck has a crucial role in your overall balance, as nerve signals from the neck may assist your body to remain in equilibrium. The trauma endured during a whiplash injury may compress or damage these nerves, leading to loss of balance. This dizziness and loss of balance, a condition known as cervicogenic dizziness, occurs in 80 to 90 percent of all whiplash cases. Similar to a concussion, you may believe that dizziness is a normal symptom of a whiplash injury. But without treatment, you will not know that the nerves in your neck sustained more severe trauma.

Delayed Pain and Other Symptoms After a Vehicle Crash

Irrespective of when pain or a medical condition develops after a crash, you should be able to collect compensation for it from the negligent motorist. Sadly, delayed symptoms present some issues. Insurance providers may perceive delayed symptoms and diagnosis made hours, days, or weeks after an initial accident more critically.

You should consult the seasoned car accident attorneys at the law offices of Stein & Fox if you have experienced delayed symptoms after a car accident. We can negotiate with insurance companies and strengthen your claim to prevent you from being treated unfairly because your symptoms manifested later.

Call our office at (770) 961-1700 for a detailed discussion on your injuries and case. When you work with us, you do not need to worry about insurance costs or bill collectors. We will work tirelessly to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.