At the Bonneau Law Firm, we know car accidents. Our accident attorneys have helped many clients seek compensation for their accidents from negligent parties. In some of our cases, a plaintiff’s injuries have not shown up for days, even weeks after the accident which caused them. Here are some things you should know about late-appearing injuries and how to protect your health and legal rights.

Car accidents can be traumatic. That trauma can cause your body to generate adrenaline and endorphins. Those two chemicals can super-charge your body and even block pain. But just because you feel fine right after an accident, does not mean that you are actually fine.

Soft Tissue Injuries After a Car Accident

A soft tissue injury refers to damage done to any muscles, tendons, and ligaments—anything but bone. When your body is shaken around during a car accident, this places a lot of stress on joints and other vulnerable areas of the body. Perhaps the most commonly recognized type of soft-tissue injury is “whiplash.” This is an injury in the neck muscles when the head is suddenly and forcefully thrown forward then back.

Soft tissue injuries result in pain, swelling and reduced mobility. But these symptoms can take days, even weeks to show up.

Concussions After a Car Accident

Concussions can happen if you strike your head or your body is violently jolted, such as during a car accident, your brain may strike the inside of your skull with great force. Concussions can be very serious and the symptoms may not show up immediately, but the symptoms could include:

  • Clouded thinking
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Difficulty remembering new information
  • Headache
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Lack of energy, and
  • Abnormal sleep patterns

If you or a loved one has been in a car accident, you should see a doctor immediately and inform him or her of any pain or discomfort you are feeling. Your doctor can also tell you what symptoms of potential injuries to look for. And an attorney, like the personal injury attorneys of the Bonneau Law Firm, can help you determine if you have a good case. Call us today at (972) 325-1100 for a consultation.

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