An auto accident can happen anywhere, at any time. You are going to pick up your kids from karate and CRUNCH. In a second,A a driver didn’t see that you were slowing down to turn and rear-ended your vehicle.

If you were wearing your seatbelt and your airbag deployed, you may be thankful to be feeling fine after the crash. However, the next day, or even a few days later, you may have delayed symptoms of an injury. Often, soft tissue injuries aren’t immediately evident. In fact, symptoms can surface weeks after an accident.

Common delayed injury symptoms

Some of the most common auto accident injuries with delayed symptoms include the following:

  1. Whiplash
  2. Neck and back pain
  3. Headaches (which could be the sign of a concussion or brain injury)
  4. Abdominal pain or swelling (which could be a sign of internal bleeding, which needs immediate treatment)
  5. PTSD (disturbing memories or flashbacks of the accident, especially common with children)

Seeking treatment

If you develop symptoms of an injury days or weeks after an auto accident, you should seek medical treatment immediately. You’ll also need to report your injuries to your insurance company. You want to have a doctor’s record of your injury and follow your treatment plan. Then, you will have the best chance to get the injury compensation you need.