More than 2.5 million Americans sustain devastating injuries in motor vehicle accidents every year. Sadly, these accidents often result in devastating injuries that lead to permanent disabilities. Although the majority of injuries are obvious at the scene of the accident, this is not always the case.
A fair share of victims involved in auto accidents sustain injuries that are referred to as late-appearing injuries. When victims suffer debilitating injuries without any immediate and visible symptoms, they may not realize the severity of their accidents. In some cases, victims go days, weeks, or even months without any symptoms occurring from their accidents. It is imperative for victims to recognize and understand what some common late symptom injuries are and what legal options are available to them should they find themselves in one of these unfortunate situations.
Why do Some Injuries take Longer to Appear?
There are numerous reasons why victims can experience late symptoms for their injuries. Some of the most common cause of delayed symptoms for victims include:
- Increased adrenaline and endorphin levels immediately following their accidents can mask the pain they experience.
- Soft tissue injuries, like whiplash, can result in devastating pain and suffering but take weeks to manifest.
- The impact of the collision caused devastating injuries that are not physically noticeable.
Although countless victims sustain devastating and dramatic injuries that break through the skin, some of the most devastating injuries sustained are often visually undetectable.
Common Late-Appearing Injuries in Connecticut
Without a doubt, no two auto accidents are the same. Each accident impacts those involved in very different ways. Unfortunately, the strong force generated by the impact of auto collisions can cause similar injuries between different victims. Some common late-appearing injuries victims of auto accidents sustain include:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries: TBIs are often the result of head or brain impact injuries. The most commonly seen TBI in auto accidents is concussions. Unfortunately, serious TBIs, such as skull fractures and cranial bleeds, are not only visually undetectable but extremely life-threatening.
- Soft Tissue Injuries: These injuries can occur at any location in the body. In many cases, victims suffer soft tissue injuries around the joints. These injuries often result in extensive swelling and pain and suffering which appear gradually over time. These injuries can drastically limit the range of motion victims have.
- Spinal Cord Injuries: The majority of victims who suffer spinal cord injuries experience intense localized pain. Unfortunately, the shifting motion of the vertebrae due to these horrific collisions can cause slipped discs, whiplash, and pinched nerves.
Help for your Late-Appearing Injuries
If you were injured in an auto accident or another personal injury accident, and you are experiencing lite-appearing injuries, it is imperative that you seek immediate medical attention. Not only is it critical to ensure your health and wellbeing are protected, but it is imperative that you do not experience worsening symptoms from your injuries.
After seeking thorough and adequate medical attention, it is imperative that you reach out to a knowledgeable personal injury attorney in Connecticut to explore legal options available for you. We at Moynahan Law Firm have decades of experience helping victims move forward and protect their legal rights after devastating accidents. Contact our team today at (203) 597-6364 to schedule a free case evaluation to see how we can help you.