Delayed Symptoms After A Car Accident

By Pyle Law, Reviewed by E. THomas Pyle July 03 2023 7:18 pm

Delayed Symptoms After A Car Accident

By Pyle Law, Reviewed by E. THomas Pyle July 03 2023 7:18 pm
Delayed Symptoms After A Car Accident

Walking away unscathed from a car accident is a blessing. However, many car accident victims who believe they are fine might begin to notice symptoms of possible injuries developing hours, days, or even weeks later. Some injuries take time to manifest, but these injuries are still critical considerations in a car accident claim. 

If someone else caused your accident, you deserve compensation for your losses – whether you discovered your injury immediately or days later. As soon as you notice injury symptoms, see a medical professional to get a diagnosis. If they diagnose injuries, you should begin treatment and then discuss your options with a car accident attorney in Kansas

Below are some examples of injuries that might have delayed symptoms, but can still be quite serious. 



You may experience whiplash in the event of a sudden neck jerk or movement. Whiplash occurs when the body moves forward, and the neck quickly snaps backward. This movement can result in soft tissue damage, which can cause stiffness in the neck and loss of range of motion. Never assume that any amount of pain or stiffness in the hours or days following an accident is “normal.” It is usually a sign of a soft tissue injury. 

To prevent long-term damage and chronic pain, you should consult with a doctor about any neck, back, or shoulder pain, as it might be whiplash.
Delayed Symptoms After A Car Accident


Abdominal Injuries or Internal Bleeding

The abdomen may hit a part of the car – even the seat belt – due to the force of impact in an accident. A car accident victim may not register abdominal pain for days after a car accident. It may be the result of internal bleeding, which might not always have an external indicator. 

Internal injuries or bleeding can be a life-threatening matter, even if your initial symptoms do not seem so severe. Get immediate care if you experience abdominal pain or swelling along with additional symptoms such as bruising, dizziness, headaches, and/or fainting. 


Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Car accidents are a leading cause of concussions and other TBIs. If the head hits a part of the car or jolts violently, you can suffer a traumatic brain injury, which may or may not be immediately apparent. Some brain injury victims mistake their symptoms for “normal” disorientation, stress, or fatigue following a traumatic event. In reality, these can be signs of a serious TBI.

If you feel anything unusual – sleep disturbances, irritability, confusion, etc. – following your crash, always see a doctor who can identify a brain injury through diagnostic testing.


Contact a Kansas Car Accident Attorney Today

We recommend visiting your doctor after an accident to check your body for immediate injuries and learn about other injuries that can develop over time. If you have experienced a delayed injury in a car accident, you deserve to be compensated adequately.  The attorney at Pyle Law can help you through the entire process so that you can protect your legal rights and win a personal injury claim. Set up an appointment today. 

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This page has been written, edited, and reviewed by a team of legal writers following our comprehensive editorial guidelines. This page was approved by attorney E. Thomas Pyle who has more than 20 years of legal experience as a practicing personal injury trial attorney.