Top 7 Delayed Injury Symptoms from Car Accidents

Top 7 Delayed Injury Symptoms from Car Accidents

After a car accident, you may feel shocked, upset and in pain. It’s important to know that sometimes you may think you are fine and don’t need to go to a doctor, but you may experience delayed symptoms indicative of an injury. These symptoms can indicate severe – or even life-threatening injuries.

With this in mind, what should you look out for?

We break down the top 7 delayed injury symptoms below.

1. Headaches

Headaches are one of the most commonly occurring symptoms that people experience after being involved in a car accident. These headaches may go away,  however, there are times when a headache can be indicative of a more serious injury, such as a blood clot or brain injury.

2. Neck & Shoulder Pain

Pain in the shoulders and neck is also a common symptom. The pain is usually caused by the whiplash that occupants experience upon impact. But you should be aware of any stiffness, as it could also be due to a more serious injury, such as a spinal injury.

 3. Abdominal Pain

 Pain in the abdomen or torso post-accident should be taken seriously, as it can sometimes be a signal of a serious – even life-threatening – internal injury that requires immediate medical attention.

4. Back Pain

 Back pain can signify a wide-range of injury after an auto vehicle accident. It could be something like whiplash or a soft tissue injury, or it may be a herniated disc. If you experience numbness or tingling in your back, you may have a pinched nerve.

5. Numbness

 In addition to pain, sometimes whiplash can cause numbness. When there has been an injury to the nerves or the spinal column this can occur. Remain alert of any lack of feeling or sensation or tingling in your hands and arms.

6. Behavioral Changes

 Motor vehicle crashes are the third most common cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the second leading cause of death from such injuries. Ask others to keep a close eye on any significant changes in your personality, as it can be indicative of a TBI. Keep in mind that hearing, vision, depression, or memory loss issues are also critical to look out for.


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental disorder that can affect an individual after they have experienced a traumatic event. PTSD may come on slowly and can worsen over time, greatly impacting your quality of life.

See a Doctor After an Accident

Even minor pain after a car accident may signify a serious injury in need of immediate medical treatment. Since many of these symptoms can also have other underlying causes, it is best to consult with your doctor as soon as possible after an accident to receive the treatment you need.

The Goss Law Firm, P.C. Can Help

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident due to the negligence or recklessness of another person, The Goss Law Firm can help. To learn more or to schedule a FREE consultation, call the Kansas City Personal Injury Lawyers at the Goss Law Firm at 816-888-5000 today.