What Delayed Injury Symptoms Should I Look Out for After a Car Accident?

Whenever the body experiences trauma, it attempts to protect itself by releasing the hormone adrenaline as a “fight or flight” response. This is why seeking medical attention immediately following a car accident is essential, even if you do not believe you have been injured. Not only can you start treatment sooner than later, but you may also avoid these common types of delayed injuries and symptoms:

  • Headaches: Headaches can be a sign of all types of injuries, but commonly, they are linked to concussions, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), and whiplash. The force felt during a car accident is enough to cause trauma to your neck and head.
  • Back pain: Even the slightest pressure on the spinal column can cause pain and injury; now, imagine the amount of pressure felt during an accident. Back pain can be a symptom of a herniated disc or other spinal cord injuries.      
  • Neck pain: Neck pain following an accident is generally considered whiplash but can also be associated with spinal cord damage. Whiplash is when the head is abruptly moved like a whip, causing muscle and tissue damage. 
  • Abdominal pain: This can signify a more life-threatening injury, such as internal bleeding or organ damage. If you experience abdominal pain after a crash, do not hesitate to go to the closest emergency room immediately.      
  • Behavioral changes: An injury from an accident may cause behavioral or emotional changes. If you experience a TBI or other related trauma, your mood, emotions, and cognitive functioning may change.
  • Numbness: Numbness or tingling sensations in your hands, arms, or legs may indicate spinal cord or nerve damage.

New Jersey Time Limits for Injury Claims

There are some laws in your state to be aware of that concern filing an injury claim for a car accident. One of those laws is the statute of limitations, the time limit to allow injured crash victims to file a lawsuit with the civil courts. 

The statute of limitations in New Jersey is two years from the accident date. Missing the statute of limitations is a significant misstep and will likely lead to a dismissal. That is why it is imperative to act quickly following a car accident.

Most car accident cases in New Jersey are settled with the insurance company. In fact, because of the “no-fault” insurance rule in the state, you usually would file a claim with your own insurance company, regardless of who caused the accident. 

However, you can file a lawsuit if there is a problem with the insurance company’s settlement offer or if you reject the claim.

Mount Holly Car Accident Lawyers at the Law Office of David S. Rochman Advocate for Clients Suffering From Delayed Injuries

If you have been injured in a car accident, contact our Mount Holly car accident lawyers at the Law Office of David S. Rochman. Call us today at 856-751-2345 or fill out our online form for a free consultation. Located in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, we serve clients in Burlington County and the surrounding areas.