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Injuries from car accidents may be latent

Pennsylvania motorists are exposed to the potential danger from a car crash every day. Fortunately, the majority of these are relatively minor with minimal property damage and no personal injury to the drivers, passengers or pedestrians. In some cases, however, a car accident victim is not aware of an injury sustained in the incident and does not immediately seek treatment. Left untreated, injuries often become worse and can lead to long-term medical complications.

There are several factors involved in the latency of car accident injuries. Medical experts suggest, initially, there is often what is called the ‘fog” of the accident, which can cause mental distortion or confusion for a period of up to a few days subsequent to the crash. Additionally, certain physical symptoms simply do not present themselves for a certain, undetermined period of time. And lastly, the individual involved in the accident often is in denial or does not wish to appear to be complaining.

Whiplash is the classic type of injury that may develop after the fact. Typically, some soreness is to be expected in the affected area, but pain and immobility that lingers past six weeks is cause for greater concern. Other injuries to monitor include headaches, back and neck pain, abdominal pain or swelling, numbness or tingling and change of personality or confusion. Each of these may be signs of minor trauma or alternately, indications of a more debilitating injury.

Where a negligent driver is responsible for a car accident, the injured victim may potentially be able to recover damages. A personal injury lawyer may explain compensation that may be available for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering, where applicable.