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Although you have a slight headache, you are fine. At least that is what you tell yourself, the other driver and the police officer who arrived at the accident scene. Another car blew through the red traffic signal at an intersection, and your vehicle could not avoid colliding with it.

While at home a few hours after the accident, you sense something is not right. The headache has grown progressively worse, and tingling sensations appear in your hands and arms. You are experiencing delayed injury symptoms after a car accident. You can no longer ignore them and must seek the medical attention that you initially begged off.

Headaches and abdominal pain

Your body took a jolt during that car accident. Trauma was present, but its symptoms surfaced gradually. Here are some of the delayed symptoms that may show up after a motor vehicle accident:

  • Headaches: This represents a potential sign of a concussion, traumatic brain injury, bleeding on the brain and blood clots. A traumatic brain injury also can lead to changes in behavior.
  • Back pain: Lower back injuries, bulging discs and spinal injuries, sometimes, take hours or even days to surface and become progressively worse. The pain can be excruciating and lead to permanent disabilities.
  • Neck and shoulder pain: Besides soreness and stiffness from whiplash, victims may experience severe headaches.
  • Numbness and tingling: An accident victim may experience a loss of feeling in the extremities, a sign of injury to the neck and spinal area as well as nerve damage.
  • Abdominal pain and swelling: These are potential signs of internal bleeding and damage to organs such as the heart, lungs, liver and spleen.

Please take the proper steps if you experience any type of pain after a motor vehicle accident. Seek medical attention. You want to wake up in the morning and live.