Delayed injuries and car crashes
Motorists in Missouri may benefit from understanding more about the dangers that can arise from delayed injuries caused by a car crash. The ensuing damages from these crashes may be mental, emotional or physical trauma that manifests later on, and not immediately after impact. The onset of symptoms associated with these types of injuries may not be apparent until hours, days, weeks or months following the incident.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a common condition to result from a car crash, and it causes the victim mental anguish for a significant time thereafter. Whiplash is another typical crash injury that results in delayed symptoms. This injury can occur at speeds as low as 14 miles per hour. About 20 percent of all occupants involved in rear-end collisions suffer a whiplash-related injury.
Severe or recurring headaches following an accident may be an indication of a more dire medical condition. Anyone with severe bruising on the torso, abdominal swelling or abdominal pain may be suffering from internal bleeding. Traumatic brain injuries are another common condition often caused by car crashes. Auto accidents are the third-leading cause of TBI, and the cognitive impairment, as well as other symptoms, may last for a lifetime. Back pain can also linger for years after an accident, and these injuries occur in over 50 percent of all rear-end collisions.
People who have been injured in a motor vehicle accident may benefit from speaking with legal counsel about the available remedies. An attorney may review the police investigation report and other evidence in order to determine whether or not another driver may be responsible for the damages that the victim has incurred.