Car accidents can be extremely overwhelming. After the initial shock of the accident, it takes time to talk to the police and witnesses, take pictures of the scene, and contact your insurance company. It is understandable to be feeling the adrenaline of such a shocking experience that you forget to check on your health.

Due to the adrenaline that is released during a shocking event such as a car accident, you may not feel pain immediately even if you were injured in the accident. Do not let this adrenaline rush stop you from being evaluated by a medical professional right away. However, even if you are evaluated by a medical professional after the accident, some car accident injuries’ symptoms take a few hours, days, or even weeks to develop and so you may receive a clean bill of health initially. If you start experiencing strange physical, emotional, or mental symptoms after your accident, do not brush them off. You may be wondering, Could this be related to my car accident? Is it too late to be compensated for my injuries? What do I do now?

Yes, the symptoms you are experiencing could be related to your car accident. No, it is not too late to be compensated for your injuries caused by the at-fault driver. After you start experiencing symptoms, contact a medical professional right away. Then contact the Auto Accident Attorneys at GoldenbergLaw who will give you a free consultation to review your options and fight for every penny of compensation you deserve.

Potential Symptoms of Car Accident Injuries

Potential symptoms of car accident injuries you may experience include:

  • Headaches or dizziness
  • Neck or shoulder pain
  • Back pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Behavioral changes

Headaches or Dizziness

Sustained headaches or dizziness can signal concussions, blood clots, traumatic brain injuries, and whiplash. These symptoms can be experienced several weeks after an accident. Pay attention to the location and severity of the headache and tell your medical professional right away.

Neck or Shoulder Pain

Shoulder or neck pain may indicate a herniated disc, spinal cord injury, or whiplash. The pain may start right after the accident, but it sometimes does not begin until several days later.

Back Pain

Back pain often indicates a soft tissue injury, a herniated disc, a spinal cord injury, whiplash, or a sprain. If the back pain is accompanied by tingling or numbness, it could also point to a pinched nerve caused by spinal misalignments or out-of-place vertebrae that put pressure on the nerves.

Abdominal Pain

Abdominal pain after a car accident may signal an internal injury or internal bleeding. Internal soft tissue injuries are the main cause of stomach pain and can last for hours or days after the car accident. Internal injuries or bleeding can cause dizziness and unexplained large bruises.

Behavioral Changes

Behavioral changes including personality changes, memory, vision, and hearing issues, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can signal brain injuries.

How Long After Car Accidents Can Injuries Show Up?

Every car accident is different, and every bodily response varies. However, injuries and symptoms can appear right after the accident or several hours, days, or even weeks after the accident.


When the human body experiences a shocking or traumatic experience, it releases extra amounts of the hormone adrenaline. The excess adrenaline in your body may keep you from feeling or focusing on your injuries in the aftermath of the car accident by delaying the body’s reaction to the trauma.

Is It Too Late To Get Compensation for My Injuries?

In order to receive compensation for your bodily injuries, it’s important that you do not sign a release of liability for settlement because this takes away your opportunities to make future claims about your injuries stemming from the accident. Do not sign any releases until you know the extent of your injuries.

This is why it’s so critical to be evaluated by a medical professional to determine the extent of your injuries and learn about symptoms to watch for in case injuries develop later. Make sure to get an accurate estimate of any future medical costs you might incur from your medical professional.

If you have not settled your claim or signed a release of liability with the at-fault driver’s insurance company, it is not too late to get compensation for delayed injuries. You need a law firm that has the knowledge, experience, and compassion to navigate you through this process, and GoldenbergLaw is here to help you!

GoldenbergLaw Can Help You

If you or a loved one was injured during a car accident, contact the Auto Accident Attorneys at GoldenbergLaw. Our team has more than 35 years of experience advocating for clients to make sure they receive the compensation and justice they deserve. Leave the sleepless nights to us by contacting our team today for a free consultation!