After a car accident, you may feel as if you escaped without injuries, but that could just be because of your increased adrenaline levels. It’s only later that some injuries manifest themselves. This can impact the personal injury claim that you file in New York.
Headaches, a common delayed injury
Headaches may take several days to appear, at which time crash victims may think them unrelated to the crash. However, headaches could indicate a blood clot in the brain or even a concussion, a mild form of traumatic brain injury. Headaches can arise even when victims did not hit their head in the accident.
Neck, shoulder, back and abdomen pain
Pain in the neck and shoulders could be symptomatic of whiplash, caused by the violent snapping back and forth of the neck in a rear-end collision. Since chiropractors can identify whiplash even before victims feel pain, it may be wise to consult with one.
As for back pain, this can result from damage to the spine, muscles and ligaments. When combined with numbness and tingling, which can also appear after a delay, it may even point to spinal disc herniation. Abdominal pain is just as serious as it can be the effect of internal bleeding. Victims can confirm this if they start to notice bruising in the abdomen.
Being compensated for your injuries
In this state, those who incur car accident injuries may have personal injury protection cover their losses. Perhaps your crash was more serious, which means you may need to file a third-party claim. A lawyer may be able to determine if you can and, if so, how much you might recover in both economic and non-economic damages. A lawyer may even represent you during negotiations with the auto insurance company, litigating if a good settlement cannot be achieved.