Delayed Symptoms Post-Car Accident Could Be of Concern

Woman with a headache post-car accident.

Finding yourself involved in a car accident can be extremely startling. Not only can your vehicle be severely damaged, but you may also suffer injuries to your person. Although you may feel just fine after an accident, you may still experience symptoms a day or two later. While many of these symptoms are of no concern, some can be indicative of a more serious injury. Here are the 7 symptoms to remain aware of after a car accident

Post-Car Accident Injury Symptoms

1. Headaches

Headaches are extremely common after you have been involved in a car accident. In fact, they are one of the most commonly occurring symptoms. And while they are usually pretty harmless and clear up on their own, sometimes they may signal a more serious injury such as a blood clot of brain injury. 

2. Neck & Shoulder Pain

Another common symptom that can occur after a car accident is pain the neck and shoulders. Though this is generally caused by whiplash that occurs upon impact, stiffness can also be a sign of a more serious injury such as a spinal injury.

3. Abdominal Pain

If you have pain in your torso or abdomen after an accident it may be no big deal, but it also may be a sign of a more serious  – sometimes life-threatening – internal injury. If you experience this type of pain seek medical attention immediately. 

4. Back Pain

Another significant symptom that may be delayed is back pain. Back pain could be the symptom of something more minor such as whiplash, but could also be something more serious like a herniated disc. Tingling or numbness should also be taken seriously, as this may be indicative of a pinched nerve. 

5. Numbness

Speaking of numbness, In addition to pain, sometimes whiplash can cause a lack of feeling. When there has been an injury to the nerves or the spinal column this can occur. Stay alert as to whether you have a 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. That is why it is so important to remind others to keep a close eye on any significant changes in your personality, as it can be indicative of a TBI. Other issues can be with hearing, vision, depression, or memory. 


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

Keep An Eye on Minor Pains Post-Car Accident

Even if you experience any minor pain after an auto vehicle accident, it may signify a serious injury that requires immediate medical treatment. Since many of these symptoms can also have other underlying causes, it is best to consult with your physician.

MPJ Law Firm Can Help Those Experiencing Delayed Symptoms Post-Car Accident

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, it can feel overwhelming. But you shouldn’t have to pay the price for someone else’s mistakes. At MPJ Law Firm, we have a deep understanding of car accidents and a long history of dealing with insurance companies. We will always act in your best interest. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!

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