No one wants to bring a personal injury suit. After all, it means you have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, and that means suffering all the consequences of those injuries. However, what some people do not realize is that the symptoms of an injury may not appear until days or weeks after an accident, but you can still potentially get compensation for them. Here are five signs you need to look out for that might hint at a hidden injury:
- Persistent headache
- There are many potential causes for headaches, including sinus headaches, migraines, or even just stress. However, if you have recently been in an accident, you should be wary of a headache, especially one that lasts for days or weeks at a time. A persistent headache could be a sign of a concussion, a fractured skull, or even traumatic brain injury (TBI). If you experience a persistent headache after an accident, you should get examined by a medical professional as soon as possible, both to seek treatment and to collect evidence for your case.
- Nausea or dizziness
- Just like with a headache, nausea and dizziness can have many potential causes. Ear infections, for example, are known for causing vertigo, which results in these common symptoms. However, if you have recently been in an accident, dizziness or nausea could be a sign of some deeper problem, such as a TBI. You may also have suffered damage to your inner ear, which plays an important part in helping you maintain balance and coordination. Thus, you should not dismiss dizziness or nausea as mere inconveniences, and get yourself treated by a doctor as soon as possible.
- Joint or limb pain
- “Of course people who have been in an accident would have pain in their joints or limbs,” you might be saying. And yes, this may seem obvious. What is less obvious, however, is that this pain might not appear until days or weeks after the accident. And yet, this delayed pain reaction is surprisingly common, signifying potential damage to your bones, joints, muscles, tendons, or ligaments. It may also be a sign of nerve damage. Either way, you should not ignore that pain just because you did not feel it right away, and remember to discuss it as part of your personal injury case.
- Whiplash refers to a neck injury caused by rapid back-and-forth movement, such as might occur in a car accident. Like other forms of pain caused by an accidental injury, it may not be immediately apparent, and some people can go weeks without noticing any pain. Whiplash should not be taken lightly in any personal injury suit, because it can indicate not only muscle or bone damage, but also damage to the spine. That is why you should take note of even mild whiplash, as it may be a factor in your case.
- Numbness or tingling
- An easy problem to not notice, but one potential sign of an injury is not pain, but rather numbness or tingling in an affected limb. While you may feel this immediately after an accident, you may not notice it until long after, when you realize your sense of touch has been affected. Often, this is a sign of nerve damage, which could significantly impact your ability to do basic tasks, depending on where the numbness or tingling sensation is.
If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, seeking the advice from an attorney experienced in personal injury law will help assure you get the compensation you deserve. The lawyers at Levine and Slavit, PLLC assist clients in collecting the damages they need to cope with being the victim of negligence. For more information or to schedule a consultation with our New York personal injury lawyers, call (888) LAW-8088 or fill out our contact form.