California is a large state with many busy highways, and car accidents are inevitable. Victims often walk away apparently unscathed except for a few minor cuts and bruises. However, the true extent of their physical or emotional trauma may not appear until days or weeks after the accident. Here are some types of injuries that commonly show delayed symptoms.
Traumatic brain injuries
When an accident happens, the brain may incur injuries arising from the head’s abrupt movements or impact from hitting the steering wheel. The brain may be swollen, bruised or bleeding. Some related delayed symptoms that could occur are:
- Memory lapses
- Impaired movements
- Difficulty speaking or reading
Some cognitive impairments require rehabilitative therapy and may last years. The type of impairment depends on which part of the brain suffered damage.
Whiplash commonly occurs in a rear-end accident when the head jolts back and forth. A victim suffers pain and tightness in the neck that could last for days, weeks or years.
Injuries to the back arise from herniated discs or soft tissue damage. The pain ranges from mild to severe, and the victim may suffer chronic discomfort as a result of the accident.
Emotional pain and suffering
Car accidents cause emotional distress in addition to physical pain and injuries. Insomnia, anxiety, phobias, depression and severe mood swings may be stress related and could appear weeks or months after an accident.
Keep a copy of your accident report and medical reports. If you feel that insurance doesn’t adequately cover your expenses and suffering, consider filing a civil lawsuit and let a jury decide how much compensation the defendant must pay.