If you have been in an accident in Massachusetts, there is a good chance that you may not feel the full effects of your injuries until days or even weeks after the incident. This often results in skipping getting medical attention needed immediately, leading to severe complications later.
Whiplash is a soft tissue injury that occurs when the head and neck are suddenly jolted forward and then backward, resulting in strain on the muscles and ligaments. Its symptoms often delay because it takes the body several hours or even days to swell and become inflamed enough to cause pain. Other symptoms include stiffness, blurred vision, limited range of motion or headaches after an accident.
A traumatic brain injury can occur when the head hits an object or is shaken violently inside the skull. Because the brain only depends on two main arteries for its blood supply, it may take longer for chemicals needed to detect injury and swelling to reach the brain. This can result in delayed symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, nausea, light sensitivity and problems with memory and concentration.
Internal bleeding happens when blood leaks from its vessels inside the body and collects in the space between organs. Symptoms include abdominal pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, and confusion. In some cases, internal bleeding may not be obvious and may only be detected through a CT scan or other imaging tests.
What to do when you become aware of a missed injury after an accident
Typically after an accident in Massachusetts, your insurance will cater for any expenses resulting from the crash up to your policy limit. However, if you become aware of a delayed injury after the completion of the claim process, you can make a new claim or file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver to get the compensation you need for further treatment.
Even if you don’t believe you have been injured, it is critical to visit a doctor as soon as feasible following an accident. This will not only ensure that any injuries are treated promptly but will also provide a record of your injuries if you need to claim compensation later on.