Delayed-symptom injuries in automobile accidents are common, and the effect of a motor vehicle collision on the human body may not be immediately known. While some serious car accidents involve injuries that obviously require immediate medical attention, others may involve hidden injuries that do not surface until after the accident. In these instances, a Kansas auto accident victim may not immediately notice that he or she even has an injury following a car crash and only discover later that he or she has potentially serious symptoms.
Commonly reported symptoms or injuries that may not become apparent until sometime after a Kansas City car accident include:
- Vision problems
- Internal bleeding
- Back pain
- Traumatic Brain Injury
Individuals who are involved in a car crash should make sure to visit a medical professional if they experience any pain, problems with mobility, or health problems as soon as possible. These types of delayed-symptom injuries occur in car accidents because of the sudden back and forth motion the body is subjected to upon impact with another vehicle or a stationary object. The force of an abrupt stop is traumatic on one’s body, and the damage it causes can be quite extensive.
Delayed-symptom injuries are one reason an experienced Kansas auto collision attorney will advise you to seek a thorough medical evaluation before settling a claim. Many times an insurance adjuster will try to settle a car crash claim quickly after the accident if you tell the adjuster that you have no injuries. If you settle with the insurance company, the adjuster will typically ask you to sign a general release that waives all past, present and future claims including claims related to injuries that you do not even know exist. If you suffer a delayed-symptom injury and settle the claim before the symptoms become obvious, you may not even receive enough compensation to cover your medical expenses. This can devastate a family financially and even result in bankruptcy.
For example, a compression fractures of the spinal column is a serious delayed-symptom injury that results in a compressed or crushed vertebrae in your back. This is a fairly common injury in rear-end collisions or when your vehicle crashes into a non-moving automobile or object. After this type of collision, the car crash victim may simply feel sore at first, but after a period of time the pain may steadily increase to a debilitating level.
Without treatment, delayed injuries can damage the joints, discs, spinal cord, muscles, nerves and ligaments in your back and/or neck. Your injury can even result in a permanent life-long disability. At the law firm of Michael R. Lawless P.A., Attorney at Law, we have seen the potentially tragic consequences when a Kansas auto accident victim does not seek immediate medical treatment. Sometimes the delay in treatment results in a poor prognosis or creates obstacles to a car accident victim’s personal injury lawsuit. If you are involved in a serious Kansas auto collision and suffer serious injury or lose a loved one to wrongful death, our law firm has been helping car crash victims in Kansas and Missouri since 1980. A Kansas City car accident attorney from our office offers zealous advocacy to those who suffer injury resulting from the negligence of third parties throughout Kansas and Missouri. If you or a loved one has suffered injury in a Kansas or Missouri car accident, call us today at 1-800-734-3771 for your free no obligation initial consultation.