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Look Out for Delayed Symptoms After a Car Accident

Attorney David I. Fuchs


Attorney David I. Fuchs


Jul. 31, 2019


Car Accidents

Immediately after a car accident, you may feel fine and believe you’re not actually hurt. Days or weeks down the road, however, delayed symptoms may catch up to you. Below, we’ll discuss the most common delayed symptoms after a car accident and the importance of seeking medical attention right away.

If you incurred injuries in a crash that was not your fault, reach out to a highly-skilled Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyer at David I. Fuchs, Injury & Accident Lawyer, P.A.. An attorney with experience helping injury victims can investigate your case and fight for you to collect the maximum compensation you deserve. Call (954) 568-3636 today, or reach out through the online form to schedule a free consultation of your case.

What to Look Out for After a Crash

After getting into a wreck, keep note and seek medical help if you experience any of the following:


Many car accident victims develop headaches days or weeks after a collision. Although a headache may seem like no big deal, it can be a sign of a serious problem, especially when spells of dizziness accompany it. A headache can be a symptom of a blood clot, neck or head injury, or traumatic brain injury.

Neck and Shoulder Pain

In most cases, neck and shoulder pain is a sign of whiplash, which is one of the most common injuries that arises during car accidents. It can lead to stiffness around your head and make it uncomfortable for you to move it. While you may experience this type of pain right after the crash, these symptoms often take a few days to set in.

Back Pain

Back pain isn’t always apparent following a car accident. If you start to face it days afterward, you may have whiplash, a spinal injury, soft tissue injury, or a herniated disc. You may also have a pinched nerve if your back feels numb or tingly. These conditions can lead to mobility challenges and debilitating pain that affects your everyday life.

Abdominal Pain

Abdominal pain after a car crash may be a sign of internal bleeding, which could take hours or days to appear. Dizziness, fainting, and purple bruising may indicate abdominal pain as well. Internal bleeding is a life-threatening condition that needs to be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an emotional condition that occurs after someone has experienced or witnessed a traumatic event like a car accident. It can lead to flashbacks and nightmares of the event as well as concentration issues, irritability, bouts of anger, and negative thoughts. PTSD usually takes time to occur.

Why Seek Medical Attention After a Car Accident

After a crash, it’s essential to visit a doctor as soon as possible. Regardless of whether or not you’re in pain or think you’re injured, seeking medical attention is important for your health and rights. If you don’t seek medical care right after a wreck and later experience delayed symptoms, the liable party’s insurer may state the crash did not cause your symptoms and injuries. If this happens, you may have a tough time recovering the fair compensation you deserve.

By seeing a doctor after a crash, you can find out whether you have any symptoms that may not be obvious, receive medical documentation to support your case, and begin a treatment plan so you can recover as soon as possible.

Contact a Fort Lauderdale Car Accident Lawyer

After you visit a doctor to get treated for your car accident injuries, contact the Law Offices of David I Fuchs. Attorney David Fuchs is an experienced, skilled personal injury lawyer who will help you determine the value of your case and fight for you to be fairly for your medical expenses and other damages. Schedule a free, initial evaluation of your case by calling (954) 568-3636, or by reaching out through the online form.