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Injuries could be delayed after a car crash

As you drive to work in the morning, you sip your fresh cup of joe and listen to your favorite talk radio station. However, suddenly, you feel a large bang and hear twisting metal simultaneously. It does not take long for you to realize that you have been in a motor vehicle crash.

Sometimes such crashes in Florida happen because of a fellow driver’s carelessness. In these situations, you may develop injuries immediately or experience delayed pain — or pain that crops up days or weeks after the accident. Fortunately, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries through the civil court system.

Types of delayed pain

Various kinds of injuries may not appear immediately following your motor vehicle crash. Here is a look at what some of these injuries are and how you can detect them:

  • Abdominal pain: Injures to your soft tissues might result in death if you do not receive treatment. For this reason, if you notice pain in your abdomen, deep bruising, dizziness or headaches after your car accident, you should seek immediate medical attention because you may have internal bleeding.
  • Numbness: Perhaps your limbs are feeling weak. It is possible that a herniated disc is pinching or applying pressure to your spinal nerves.
  • Back pain: If you have pain in the lower region of your back, this may be an indicator of an injury associated with whiplash. The problem might also be a herniated disk, muscle damage or a sprain.
  • Headaches: Pain in your head might also indicate whiplash, but it may indicate problems such as a brain injury, concussion, neck injury or blood clot as well. A serious headache could additionally indicate post-traumatic stress disorder stemming from your car wreck.
  • Shoulder/neck pain: Pain in your neck and shoulder is often a sign of whiplash too. However, the culprit might also be a herniated disc.

As you can see, any of these symptoms could signify serious medical issues.

Your rights

Perhaps a fellow driver caused your delayed injuries due to driving negligently. For instance, he or she sped or drove while texting. In this situation, you can file a personal injury claim against the party considered at fault, seeking damages. A monetary damage award may be helpful for addressing medical bills and other losses tied to your car wreck.