“What to Do If You Develop Pain, Hours or Days After an Accident?”

Victims of a car accident can do themselves a disservice by underestimating the connection between personal injury and collision damage.  Some people assume that because they don’t see a lot visible property damage to a vehicle, they may not be that hurt.

Worse, some folks undermine their chances of recovery by responding immediately to insurance companies and understating the damage that their vehicle and, more importantly, their own body suffered because of a crash.

Don’t be fooled: minor auto damage does NOT mean you experienced a minor crash.

In some instances, you might not feel substantial pain or experience other symptoms for hours, days, or even weeks after the crash. Delayed pain may be a sign of a serious underlying injury.

For example, delayed headaches after a car accident could be a sign that you have a traumatic brain injury, which could be fatal if left untreated.

Experts tell us that the force felt on the body can be 6-10 times greater than the traveling speed of the vehicle at the time of collision.  When such forces travel through the vehicle and into our bodies, the results can be devastating.

Injuries occur from the violent back and forth movements of your organs and bones as your neck and spine move violently. In the moment, you may not notice the pain because of shock and adrenaline. Delayed pain in your shoulders and neck is a common sign of an undiagnosed contrecoup injury after an accident.


If you have recently been involved in a car accident and are experiencing delayed pain, it’s important to see a doctor as soon as possible. Once you’ve started treatment, consider talking to an attorney at Fisher Stark.

We encourage our clients to take care of their bodies and minds, while we fight hard to make sure others do the same for them.  If you have been in a car wreck, suffered a workplace injury, or were injured due to the fault of another, please contact the attorneys at Fisher Stark for a no-charge consultation to ensure that your rights are protected.


Post Accident Pain – What Symptoms to Look For?

Here are a few of the common types of delayed pain to watch out for after a car accident:

  • Abdominal pain – Bruises from seatbelts are common in a car crash, but large or persistent bruises may be a sign of internal bleeding, which is a serious medical emergency, and you should seek immediate medical treatment.
  • Back pain – Pain in your back is another common sign of a spine injury. This pain could indicate damage to disks, ligaments, muscles, nerves, or vertebrae. If this pain travels down your arms or legs, get help immediately.
  • Changes in your thinking or personality – A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that can result in changes to how you think and behave. If you notice confusion, mood swings or other personality changes, see a doctor right away.
  • Difficulty with movement and coordination –Persistent difficulty with movement or coordination can be a sign of a serious brain injury or damage to your spinal cord.
  • Headaches –If you have consistent headaches days after a crash, see a doctor to make sure you don’t have a concussion. Traumatic brain injuries are extremely serious and can have drastic health consequences.
  • Numbness– If you suddenly start experiencing numbness after a car accident, there’s a chance you suffered damage to your spinal cord. It is important to start treatment of spinal cord injuries as soon as possible to get the best chances of recovery.
  • Trouble sleeping or nightmares –Flashbacks and nightmares can dramatically impact your daily life and cause you to panic in situations that remind you of the car accident. These psychological issues may indicate that you have PTSD from your car crash.

Call a WNC Personal Injury Lawyer to Explore Your Options…

Here at Fisher Stark P.A., we are experienced personal injury attorneys serving Asheville and the surrounding areas of Western North Carolina. We help our clients recover monetary compensation for their medical bills, pain and suffering, human losses, and loss of income.

The personal injury legal team at Fisher Stark, P.A. understands the law regarding car accident injuries. We are trial attorneys that will help you find out what your options are and prepare your case in order to pursue full and fair compensation for your injuries.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident and have health issues or pain from an auto accident, we invite you to call us to see if we can help you.

Let our experience go to work for you. Call us today for a free case evaluation at 828-505-4300.