What You Need to Know About Delayed Injuries from Car Accidents?

March 15, 2021
On behalf of The Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg Posted in Car Accident

It can happen to anyone. You’re on the way to work, to an appointment, or to pick up the kids from school, and BAM! A driver ran the red light and plowed right into you. Thankfully, they saw you and braked enough to slow down, but not enough not to hit your rear passenger side.

Both of you get out of the car, make sure the other is ok, and exchange insurance information. When the fire department, police, and ambulance arrive, you wave off medical attention. You’re fine, just a little sore. Besides, who wants to sit in an ER with a couple of bruises? They’re just going to bump you to the end of the list and take more critical injuries first, leaving you there for hours.

Over the next few days, however, you start to notice your injuries are worse than you thought. You can’t turn your head to the left all the way. Your arm and shoulder are sore from banging into the side of your car. It’s hard to sit for long periods of time, and your back feels agitated. Even your right ankle seems to be angry with you for not going to the doctor.

Delayed injuries are more common than you would think. Most of the accidents we hear about on the news are catastrophic crashes that claim lives. Rarely do you hear about a minor collision and how people feel worse over the next few days.

The personal injury attorneys in Los Angeles, California, have extensive experience with delayed injuries. At the Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg, dedicated attorneys will see that you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Contact us today.

Common Delayed Injuries

If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, be aware of six possible injuries. They can develop hours, days, or even weeks after the crash. According to AICA Orthopedics;

  • Neck pain, like whiplash, leads to limited motions, pain, swelling, headaches, blurred vision, and stiffness.
  • Back pain can also limit mobility.
  • Spinal misalignment can put pressure on nerves.
  • Headaches, while common after an accident, can be a sign of something greater, like a blood clot or concussion
  • Abdomen pain may signal internal bleeding
  • Numbness and tingling are also signs of something more serious
  • Changes in behavior, like depression, personality changes, or memory loss, can signal a brain injury.

If you experience any of the above symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.

Despite the Pandemic, Motor Vehicle Fatalities Increased

While the nation created meme after meme about sitting at home during the pandemic, data from the Insurance Information Institute showed some startling trends. It seems people were not just sitting at home binging on Netflix and baking bread.

  • In nine months, six of which included the pandemic, traffic fatalities jumped to 4.6% from 2019
  • According to Triple-I Chief Actuary James Lynch, the increase in fatalities was likely caused by faster driving. The trend continued in the last quarter of the year

The Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg

If the speeding trend keeps steady, there will be many more preventable accidents on our roads. If you or someone you love is injured in a motor vehicle crash, you need a car accident attorney in Los Angeles, California. Contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling 310-997-0904.


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