You were in a Boca Raton car crash. Fortunately, while your car was damaged, you feel fine. All you need to worry about is getting your car repaired.
The next day, you wake up sore. You decide that you are having a delayed reaction to the crash, so you take it easy. You can get your car fixed tomorrow.
Tomorrow comes. Your neck, shoulders and upper back are in so much pain that you can't get out of bed. What happened?
Not all injuries show symptoms immediately. Boca Raton accident lawyer David Glatthorn explains that several serious injuries that can occur after a car accident don't manifest symptoms until a few days after the crash. The most common are:
- Soft tissue injuries
- Bruised, cracked or broken bones
Whiplash is the most common Florida car accident injury. It occurs when the neck is wrenched out of alignment due to the force of the accident. Whiplash can cause severe head, shoulder, neck, or back pain, but symptoms may not appear until the days or weeks after the accident.
A concussion is a disruption in brain function caused by an injury to the brain. You can have a concussion even if you didn't hit your head during the accident. The force of a car accident is often enough to send the brain crashing into the skull. Concussion symptoms can include memory loss, confusion, or personality changes.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injury refers to damage to the ligaments or muscles.
Bruised ribs and broken or fractured bones, especially ribs, may not show symptoms right away. If you have any unexplained pain after a Boca Raton accident, contact your doctor immediately.