It might be difficult to see it in the moments after a car accident, but you likely suffered an injury. This could be hard to believe, especially if you aren’t in pain or don’t have any visible signs of injury. But, how can you be sure? For starters, you need to seek medical care after any accident you are in, no matter the severity of the crash. Seeking medical care will make it easier when pain does show itself and you move to file a claim against the at-fault driver in the accident.
Delayed Onset of Pain is Real
Delayed onset of pain is a real medical issue that thousands of people deal with every year in Florida as a result of car accidents. Because of the body’s surge of adrenaline following such a trauma, symptoms of injuries often do not manifest until a couple of days, weeks, or months after the accident happened. There are other injuries that can occur in certain areas of the body that take a little while to develop. One such injury is whiplash, causing damage to the soft tissue of the neck and shoulder area of the body when it is rocked violently in a collision.
Signs of Delayed Onset of Pain
It’s possible that you might not experience any pain or exhibit any physical signs of injury immediately following a car accident. This gives a car accident victim a false sense of security, oftentimes leading them to refuse medical treatment until the pain is too much to handle. Some of the signs of delayed onset of pain that should never be ignored include the following:
- Back pain
- Tingling in the extremities
- Neck or shoulder pain
- Abdominal pain
- Emotional distress
Always Accept Medical Care
When the emergency responders arrive on the accident scene, it’s in your best interest to let them examine you for any signs of trauma. If the EMTs suggest that you go to the hospital for further testing, make sure you follow their advice. These additional tests will help your personal injury attorney build a case against the at-fault driver.
If you happen to refuse medical treatment on the scene, or even refuse to visit your family physician, you might have trouble being successful when filing a claim. Having clear documentation of medical evaluation and treatment for your injuries, even those that developed late, will make it easier to build a case against the at-fault driver involved in the car accident.
Call a Personal Injury Attorney Today
Were you injured in a Florida car accident? Did a loved one refuse medical treatment after a crash? Has your pain developed well after an accident? It’s important that you protect your rights as the victim of a car accident by calling Sternberg / Forsythe, P.A.. Contact our office today to speak to an attorney about your claim. Schedule an appointment at 561-687-5660.