The truth about late-appearing brain injuries after car accidents

You recently got in a car accident involving whiplash, but you initially felt fine. While there was some shock and slight discomfort, you were confident you were not seriously injured. Now, a few days later, you are experiencing some pain and wondering if it could be related to your crash. Sometimes serious injuries take a few days to present symptoms after collisions.

If you are in any pain after your car accident, it is crucial for you to be medically evaluated. Read on to learn more about the delayed symptoms of a traumatic brain injury caused by “whiplash,” and why you should seek immediate medical attention.

TBI symptoms

There are various categories of TBI symptoms. While you may not have every symptom listed, these are some common signs of TBI:

  • Physical Symptoms: Headaches, blurred vision, fatigue, speech impairments and balance problems.
  • Cognitive Symptoms: Memory loss, difficulty concentrating, spatial disorientation, impaired judgment and trouble communicating.
  • Emotional Symptoms: Depression, anxiety, agitation, impulsive behavior and egocentric behaviors.

If you have any of these symptoms after sustaining a whiplash injury in a car accident, you should seek a medical evaluation.

Why you should see a doctor

Even if you felt fine immediately after the car accident, it does not mean you did not sustain any late-appearing injuries. While it is best to get medical attention as soon as possible after an accident, you should still go even though it has been a few days. This is important not only for your physical well-being, but also for the success of any injury claim you bring forward. Documenting your visit to the doctor and any ensuing treatments will give you a stronger case. Wait until you have received a complete evaluation by a medical professional before agreeing to any settlements with the insurance company. Insurance companies want to close the claim as quickly as possible, because it is one way in which they can underpay valid claims. When you don’t know the extent of your injuries, how do they know the offer is sufficient?