A vehicle accident can always be an overwhelming and a frustrating experience even when the damage directly to your vehicle is not catastrophic. All people can react differently to a crash even individuals within the same vehicle. What you might not know is that you could experience delayed injury symptoms, meaning that you won’t know the full scope of the injuries you have sustained until days or even weeks later. This can present problems for your medical treatment as well as your personal injury claim should you choose to file one.

Delayed injury symptoms are, unfortunately, far too common for people who suffer in car accidents in San Diego. In addition to the disorientation and mental trauma associated with living through a car crash, physical damage is not always easy to identify immediately after the accident occurs. Some of the most common symptoms that can appear hours or even days after the accident has happened include:

  • Shoulder pain
  • Headaches
  • Numbness
  • Abdominal swelling or pain
  • Back pain
  • PTSD
  • Changes in physical function or personality

This is why it is always important to be evaluated by a medical professional to verify whether or not you may have delayed injury symptoms. If you notice that your medical condition changes at all after the accident has occurred, setting up a consultation with your personal physician can help you identify whether or not you have been a victim of these delayed injury symptoms.

If someone else’s negligence or reckless behavior is behind the accident that left you with these symptoms, it’s important to have a general perspective on your medical condition as well as the best ways to protect yourself going forward. This information can be extremely valuable if you choose to file a personal injury claim with the help of a knowledgeable lawyer. Don’t downplay the impact of a delayed injury symptoms as these could be indications of a greater problem at hand.

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