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Delayed onset pain often means serious injuries

After a car accident, you may think that you somehow got away without any serious injuries, and may even choose to forego getting a proper medical examination. After all, if you weren't injured, why should you go to the trouble of a professional medical screening?

While this might seem like a smart time and cost-saving measure, you may have injuries you don't yet know about. In many cases, certain injuries may lead to delayed onset pain. This means that you may not feel any pain or discomfort for days or even weeks after the accident. Delayed onset pain often indicates very serious injuries, and if you don't get proper medical treatment soon, they could leave you with long-term damage or even turn fatal.

Don't wait to get proper medical treatment, even if you don't think that you suffered any injuries. It is always better to know you are safe than to suffer needlessly later on. If you do experience delayed onset pain, your medical care provider can help you understand the cause of the pain and help you create a plan to recover properly.

Many different injuries create delayed pain

There are a number of different types of injuries that can lead to delayed onset pain. In most cases, the pain is focused in the head, neck, back or abdomen.

If you experience delayed onset pain in your abdomen after a car accident, you must seek medical care immediately, today if possible. In many cases, abdominal pain indicates that you have internal bleeding or even organ damage. If you choose to ignore the pain, an internal abdominal injury can lead to organ failure or other serious, potentially fatal conditions.

If your pain is not in your abdomen, it may still indicate a serious condition, although it is far less likely to be fatal.

Many people suffer blows to the head in car accidents, but do not realize they suffered any injury. A blow to the head can result in a mild brain injury, which often leads to ongoing headaches, seizures or a number of other symptoms that can last for up to a year without proper treatment.

Other common delayed pain injuries have to do with damage suffered the spinal cord. A car accident is a surprisingly violent experience, and can easily affect your spine and the discs that hold the nerves in your spinal column. if the discs are not properly aligned, they can cause sharp or radiating pain, or numbness and tingling by pinching nerves that run through the column.

It is also possible that the muscles in your back, shoulders, or neck suffered strain or damage, but do not express pain for days after the accident.

Don't wait to get the help you need

No matter what kind of pain you experience, it is crucial to get proper medical treatment. Once you receive proper care, an experienced attorney can help you explore your options for pursuing the ongoing treatment you need and fair compensation for your losses.

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