Delayed Accident Symptoms *
Road traffic accidents * are a common occurrence in Ireland and can leave people with various different injuries. Following a car accident, there can be a number of symptoms which may not develop for some time after the accident. These are delayed accident symptoms. These symptoms may not develop for a number of days or even weeks following the accident. It is important that you seek medical attention following an accident even if injuries may not be present at first, but a doctor may be able to notice something that you cannot. This can help determine if there may be delayed injuries which have not developed yet.
Many people are unsure of what to expect physically after a car accident as symptoms and injuries will vary for each individual. In many cases, side effects from a car accident * are delayed due to the initial shock and you may not experience pain until a number of days later. Once you begin to overcome this shock the pain can start to become apparent to you.
If you have developed post car accident symptoms following an accident which was caused by another party then you may be entitled to make a claim for damages. It is important to note that if you have decided that you would like to make a claim for personal injuries * that you do so as soon as possible so that your time limit does not run out. Once your time limit of two years less one day is up you will become statute barred and will no longer be able to make a claim.
Delayed Accident Symptoms *
There are some pains and symptoms that should not be ignored following an accident as they may be a precursor to something more serious if not treated – it may also affect the outcome of your claim if all injuries are not seen by a medical practitioner –
Neck and Shoulder Pain
Pain in the neck and shoulder can be commonly associated with whiplash and is usually a sign of something more serious. Those who have sustained this type of injury following a car accident may not experience pain for some time. It is important to seek medical attention if you have sustained this injury so that it does not become worse over time. Neck pain can also be a sign of a spinal injury which can be caused by a road traffic accident.
A headache after a car accident * can be very common and can be caused by a number of different factors. A persistent headache can be a sign of a more serious injury which may have been a delayed symptom following an accident. Common injuries associated with a headache include;
- Blood clots
- Neck Injury
- Brain Injuries
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
PTSD is defined as a psychological or anxiety disorder which is caused by a traumatic event in your life. Following the traumatic experience of a road traffic accident, you may develop PTSD. This is a very common side effect of a car accident but it may not become clear for some time. Any psychological issues that arise following the incident are usually attributed to PTSD.
Due to the initial shock of an accident, you may not be aware of your injuries. Once this begins to subside you may begin to feel pain. Back injuries * can include damage to the muscles, joints, discs, ligaments and the spinal cord. Back pain is a very serious condition so it is important to seek medical advice as soon as your pain begins to become clearer.
Numbness of the limbs
Some injuries may cause symptoms in a number of different areas of the body and not just the part which was injured. In many cases, limbs may become numb and you may experience a tingling feeling. Many people also feel a weakness in the affected area. Numbness of the limbs is a common symptom of a herniated disc. It may pinch the nerves in the spine causing it to become numb.
Abdominal pain can be a sign of internal and soft tissue injuries *. They can also develop into something more serious over time if they are left untreated. Pain in the abdominal area can be a sign of internal bleeding which can lead to headaches, bruising and dizziness. This is one of the most serious delayed symptoms which you can sustain as it can lead to a fatality. You may not become aware of this pain for some time following the accident so you should be aware of the most common symptoms associated with it. Internal injuries can be difficult to identify but can lead to a more serious injury which may cause long-term problems.
Causes of Delayed Accident Symptoms
- Road traffic Accidents *
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Failing to wear a seatbelt
- Breaking the rules of the road
Delayed symptoms may also be caused by other types of accidents such as accidents in the workplace *, public place accidents * and Medical Negligence *.
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