When New Jersey vehicle occupants become involved in a car accident, it may take some time before he or she feels the full effects of the crash. Even if the accident appeared to be minor at the time, some symptoms associated with the incident may not become apparent until several days later.
Common complications that can become apparent later on include headaches, neck or shoulder pain and back pain. While this pain could be caused by general swelling, it could also potentially mean that there is a serious medical problem. Likewise, loss of feeling and numbness could be a sign that a person has suffered an injury to his or her spinal column or neck. Swelling or pain in the abdomen could indicate internal bleeding, which can do undiagnosed for days. Like other car accident injuries, this could be life-threatening if a person does not seek treatment in time.
While some physical pain is usually expected after a serious crash, a person can also suffer mental symptoms like post traumatic stress disorder. Following the incident, a person suffering from PTSD may experience vivid and recurring flashbacks, which could make it difficult to move on and function. Some may even experience changes in their personality, especially if they experienced a concussion.
Even minor car accidents can lead to life-impacting or even life-threatening injuries, many of which could be delayed. If another driver caused an accident that resulted in serious injuries, an attorney could help the victim seek compensation for medical costs and for any other associated damages. This could be accomplished through negotiating a settlement with the at-fault motorist’s insurance company.