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You may not feel all your car accident injuries immediately

Car accidents happen all the time, and often leave us with injuries we don't feel until days or even weeks after the accident occurs. You may believe that your accident was just a run-of-the-mill fender bender, but that fender bender may have left you with serious injuries.

After nearly any kind of car accident, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. Even a seemingly small accident is deceptively violent, and an injury you don't yet feel may worsen into a very serious, potentially fatal condition if left untreated.

If you do begin feeling pain days or weeks after a car accident, don't put off seeking medical attention. Once you know the source of the pain or discomfort, you can consult with an experienced attorney about your options for pursuing fair compensation for your losses and medical care.

Pay special attention to abdominal pain

Just because pain waits to present itself does not mean that the underlying injury is minimal. Depending on where you feel pain, you may have an injury that could lead to a serious condition if left untreated.

The first thing to consider is any pain that you may feel in your abdomen. Abdominal pain often stems from organ damage or internal bleeding, which can turn fatal very quickly if you do not receive proper treatment. For some women, it is not easy to differentiate between the pains they experience monthly and pain from an abdominal injury, so it is always wise to seek proper medical attention as soon as possible if you have any doubt about the source or timing of abdominal pain after an accident.

Delayed pain can indicate various injuries

Many of the injuries you might suffer in a car accident lead to pain in the head, shoulders and neck. Ongoing headaches or nausea may indicate a mild brain injury, which you should not take lightly. Even a mild brain injury can affect you for up to a year if you do not obtain proper medical treatment.

Similarly, car accidents often lead to whiplash, which is a broad term referring to a number of injuries affecting the shoulders and back systems and musculature. You may not feel damage to those muscle groups for some time after an accident, and then suddenly feel soreness throughout your back, shoulders, neck and other areas.

If your spine suffers any damage, you may feel numbness, tingling, or sharp or radiating pain, particularly in your hands, feet and legs. This may occur if your spinal cord pinches the nerves it holds, or if the discs in the spinal cord itself suffer damage.

No matter what kind of pain you experience after a car accident, be sure to seek appropriate medical attention from a provider you trust.

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