Woman suffering pain after car accident

Delayed Pain After an Accident

Caleb Bland Law, PLLC March 28, 2023

Being involved in an accident can be a difficult experience and may result in minor or severe injuries. Sometimes, the injuries and symptoms may be delayed or take several days, weeks, or even months to manifest. However, without proper treatment, such injuries may result in long-term pain and other health complications. An experienced Kentucky personal injury attorney can enlighten you about your options to seek damages for delayed pain after an accident. 

At Caleb Bland Law, PLLC, we’re dedicated to offering comprehensive guidance and reliable representation to clients in their accident cases. As your legal counsel, we can investigate every aspect of your unique situation, ensure that you receive adequate medical treatment for your delayed pain, and help file your injury claims. Our firm proudly serves clients across Elizabethtown, Radcliff, Louisville, Brandenburg, Shepherdsville, and Jefferson County, Kentucky. 

Injuries That May Result in Delayed Pain  

According to the Kentucky Traffic Collision Facts Book, there were 131,208 total reported traffic collisions statewide in 2021, causing 30,044 injuries. After an accident, you may likely come out unharmed or without any injuries. As a result, some accident victims may fail to get prompt medical attention because they feel fine following the incident.  

However, some injuries and symptoms often remain hidden and may take an extended period to manifest. This is referred to as delayed pain or symptoms. Additionally, delayed pain and symptoms can show up several hours, days, weeks, or months after the accident. Here are some auto accident injuries that may result in delayed pain: 

  • Neck and back pain 

  • Back injuries 

  • Whiplash 

  • Pain in the abdomen due to internal bleeding 

  • Concussions  

  • Spinal injuries 

Discovering a delayed injury early requires getting immediate medical treatment after the accident. Also, you can watch out for certain signs and symptoms that indicate that you may be hurt. 

Delayed Symptoms to Watch For  

Here are some signs and symptoms of delayed pain to watch out for after a car accident: 

  • Numbness and tingling sensation 

  • Persistent headache 

  • Sensitivity to light 

  • Dizziness 

  • Changes in sleep pattern 

  • Changes in behavior 

  • Vomiting and nausea 

  • Slurred speech 

  • Confusion 

  • Ringing in the ears 

  • Neck pain and stiffness 

  • Constant pain in the arms and shoulders 

However, if left untreated, they may lead to long-term pain, medical issues, and other health complications. An experienced Kentucky car accident attorney can ensure that you receive adequate treatment for your delayed pain and determine the best way to proceed with your injury claims. 

Time Limit for Filing a Personal Injury Claim  

The statute of limitations for personal injury cases in Kentucky is one year from the date of the injury or accident. This means that you must commence a civil action to recover damages for your injuries within one year of the accident or injury. 

Don’t Settle With the Insurance Company Too Quickly  

Do not accept the first settlement offer from the insurance company immediately. Seeking damages for your delayed pain or injuries may be quite complex. You should only negotiate with the insurer – or accept their settlement offer – after you attain full recovery or maximum medical improvement (MMI). 

The maximum medical improvement is the point where your health condition cannot improve anymore. A qualified doctor can evaluate your health condition, perform necessary tests and diagnoses, and provide the appropriate treatment. Depending on the severity of the pain or injury, you may be referred to a specialist for additional treatments. Most importantly, follow your doctor’s recommendations and give yourself enough time to recover. 

Once you attain your MMI or full recovery, your attorney can help calculate the medical bills, lost wages, and accident-related losses to determine the right compensation amount. Also, your legal representative will reach out to the insurance provider on your behalf to seek compensation for your pain, discomfort and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, mental anguish, and other non-economic damages. 

Protecting Your Rights Every Step of the Way  

A car accident may leave the victim confused, unsettled, and unable to evaluate their physical and mental well-being. As a result, it may take some days or weeks after the accident for certain injuries and symptoms to manifest. Unfortunately, delayed symptoms may result in long-term pain and other complications. Therefore, when involved in an accident, hiring an experienced personal injury attorney is crucial for proper guidance and to help protect your legal rights. 

At Caleb Bland Law, PLLC, our attorney has the experience and resources to assist, guide, and represent accident victims in their injury claims. We can evaluate every detail of your personal situation and explore your options to pursue damages. In addition, our attorney will fight compassionately to protect your best interests and help you pursue fair financial compensation for your injuries and losses. 

If you were hurt in a negligent accident or are experiencing delayed pain after the accident, contact Caleb Bland Law, PLLC today to schedule a simple case evaluation. Our reliable attorney can offer you the highly-personalized legal counsel and vigorous representation you need in your case. We’re proud to serve clients across Elizabethtown, Radcliff, Louisville, Brandenburg, Shepherdsville, and Jefferson County, Kentucky.