Car accident injuries are not always obvious at first

On Behalf of | May 30, 2017 | Car Accidents |

Even out here in beautiful Hawaii, car accidents happen all the time. For many tourists, a car accident is a jarring interruption to their time away from home, but they move on with their vacation and assume that no major injuries occurred.

However, many types of injuries occur in car accidents that may not cause the victim to feel pain immediately — in fact, some injuries don’t cause pain for days or even weeks after the accident.

If you recently experienced a car accident, then you may have delayed pain injuries that require professional medical attention and may entitle you to a personal injury claim.

If you have not yet sought out professional medical care after your accident, or if you only recently began feeling pain, you must seek medical care as soon as possible. In some cases, if you leave your injuries undiagnosed and untreated, you may suffer long-term damage to your body, or even develop a fatal condition.

There are many possible delayed pain injuries

If you do not yet feel pain after an accident, or only recently felt pain, hopefully your have only superficial injuries. However, without proper medical screening, you cannot know for sure.

Many kinds of pain can indicate many different kinds of injuries, but if you have any pain in your abdomen, you absolutely must seek professional medical care immediately. Pain in your abdomen often indicates some form of damage dealt to your internal organs, which is exceptionally dangerous.

If left untreated, organ damage or internal bleeding in your abdomen could create a fatal condition quickly.

Other types of delayed pain injuries are usually not fatal, but can still present serious problems. If, for instance, you strained or damaged your spine, you might experience a number of symptoms. Herniated discs can cause radiating pain throughout your body, or very acute pain if it pinches particular nerves.

Pinched nerves and misaligned discs in your spine can also create numbness and tingling, especially in your hands, arms, legs and feet.

Car accidents often involve very violent force on your body, which can injure muscle groups throughout your body, most commonly in your lower back, upper back, neck and shoulders.

If you received a blow to your head, you may also have a mild traumatic brain injury, which can produce a variety of symptoms that may not manifest for days or weeks, and may last up to a year if left untreated.

These symptoms often include prolonged bouts of nausea or ongoing headaches, or even seizures. You may also suffer from decreased mental acuity or changes in personality.

Get experienced help for strong results

Once you receive proper medical care, you should consult with an experienced attorney who understands the process of pursuing a personal injury claim in Hawaii.

With proper legal guidance, you can rest assured that you have all the tools you need to pursue full recovery and fair compensation for your injuries while keeping your rights secure.