Compensation for Delayed Symptoms After a Car Accident

Once you have received compensation for injuries and expenses, you may not be able to claim compensation for injuries that may show up later.


There are many injuries sustained during a car accident with symptoms that are not felt immediately. Endorphins released by the body because of shock can mask pain. Once the endorphins wear off, symptoms of injury may begin to appear. The pain will worsen over time and the effects of the injury may eventually become debilitating.

Soft Tissue Injuries and Whiplash

Whiplash is the soft tissue injury in the neck region and is generally associated with pain in the neck; however, it can affect the neural pathways affecting the extremities and the complete spinal cord. Other symptoms of whiplash include reduced motion of the neck, headaches, feeling dizzy, stiffness in the shoulders and arms, numbness or weakness in the affected region, and slowed reflexes. These symptoms impact the day-to-day life of the injured person and the affects can vary from unpleasant to debilitating. These injuries can be treated with physical therapy and chiropractic manipulations.


A concussion is a brain injury when the brain sustains trauma due to the impact to the brain inside the skull. This is caused when the head hits an object or when the head which is in motion with the vehicle suddenly stops due to sudden deceleration of the vehicle. This sudden acceleration or deceleration can cause whiplash in addition to concussion. A concussion causes a temporary loss of brain function. The symptoms of concussion include headaches, disorientation, ringing in the ears, confusion, blurred vision, vomiting, irritability, loss of balance, amnesia, anxiety or depression, lethargy, insomnia, and loss of concentration.

Studies have shown that five to seven percent of people who have suffered a concussion experience a post-traumatic seizure some time in their life. The most susceptible to post-traumatic seizures are children and elderly ones. Concussion which results in internal bleeding of the brain may cause post-traumatic epilepsy, which is a permanent condition. The effects of concussion generally last from a few hours to a few weeks. The treatment is that of the symptoms rather than the injury.

Emotional Injuries

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) happens when a victim of a car accident develops misplaced situational anxiety or changes in normal personality. This may arise after a few months of the traumatic event and is the most difficult injury to diagnose.

If you are involved in a car accident, seek medical attention and look for injuries that may have delayed symptoms. This is essential because it may help you to safeguard your health and ensure that your legal rights are protected. Claiming compensation for injuries with delayed symptoms, especially PTSD, can be a difficult task. The insurance company may offer you an initial settlement. Before signing a settlement offers contact a St. Louis car accident attorney for legal advice. Once you have received compensation for current injuries and expenses you will not be able to claim compensation for injuries that may show up later.

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