Unfortunately, a couple of weeks ago you were in a car accident. While it was scary, it didn’t really seem that bad. You’ve seen serious accidents before, and you know this wasn’t the same. Right now, you’re working on getting your car damages paid for and trying not to get overwhelmed by insurance.
As you go about your days and get back to work, you start to feel different and notice pain that wasn’t there before. Maybe your accident was more serious than you thought.
If you were in a car accident, don’t sign your release of liability right away. Signing this form closes the lawsuit after settlement and means that you can’t claim anything else related to the accident. No matter how you feel right after the accident, you should always have a medical evaluation before you sign to make sure you get coverage for all injuries, including those that are delayed.
In the weeks after your accident, you should pay attention to your body and any pain that may show up. Common injuries that are often delayed include:
- Emotional damage – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression and anxiety can be a result of stress, physical pain or a traumatic incident, like an accident. Symptoms can include mood and personality changes, trouble concentrating, emotional stress and feeling overwhelmed. These can also signal a brain injury.
- Brain and neck injury – Headaches are a common symptom after an accident and could be a signal of a brain injury, blood clots and neck injuries. You should also look for personality changes and increased stress.
- Whiplash – Pain in your neck, shoulder, back and head can be a sign of whiplash.
- Concussion – Impact on your brain or head can result in a concussion. Symptoms to look for are headaches, confusion, memory loss, fatigue, vomiting, dizziness and lack of coordination.
- Herniated discs – A herniated disc on your spine pushes up against your nerves and can cause incredible pain throughout your body. Symptoms also include tingling and numbness.
- Pinched nerves – Pinched nerves can be a result of a herniated disc or of muscle damage. This can result in pain, tingling, numbness or weakness.
- Internal tissue damage and bleeding – Damage to your internal tissues and organs is often delayed but can be very serious and even fatal. Watch for headaches, dizziness, bruising and pain.
Even if you have signed your settlement and liability release, don’t ignore pain. It could be a sign of something serious, even if your accident didn’t seem that bad. Always visit a medical professional if you are experiencing any of these or other symptoms.