Delayed Injuries You Could Get After a Car Accident

You can suffer all kinds of injuries after a car crash. But not all injuries show symptoms right away. Sometimes, you may have suffered an injury without realizing it and only experience symptoms a couple of hours or days after the accident. The Duluth car accident attorneys at Banks, Stubbs & McFarland routinely work with clients who have suffered from common delayed injuries following a car accident.


A concussion is a form of traumatic brain injury that develops when you receive a blow to your head, forcing your brain to strike against your skull. While many people suffer concussions after a collision, many of the symptoms may be delayed. Sometimes, a concussion can be disguised as another kind of injury.

In a case handled by Banks, Stubbs & McFarland, a car accident victim had no symptoms at the scene but developed a headache by the time she arrived home. She then decided to get checked out at the hospital, her symptoms worsened, and they admitted her. Sadly, she never recovered and ultimately passes away at the hospital.

You must seek proper medical attention right after a crash to determine whether you have a concussion or a more serious brain injury. Otherwise, you risk suffering long-term complications.


One of the most common soft tissue injuries that people sustain in rear-end car crashes is whiplash. It may occur when the neck and head are jerked forward and backward rapidly with the vehicle’s motion. This irregular motion results in the joints, muscles, and nerves in the neck to move past their normal range of motion, causing soft tissue damage.

In most cases, whiplash symptoms become apparent within hours or days following the car crash. While a minor whiplash injury usually heals in a few months, serious cases may require many months or years to fully heal. The greater the injury, the more likely that there will be permanent aches and pains.

Back Injuries

The most common types of back injuries people can suffer in car crashes are sprains, soft tissue damage, bulging discs, pinched nerves, herniated discs, and spinal cord damage. Depending on the specific back injury you have, you may experience symptoms within hours or days after the crash. In addition, severe back injuries, if treated improperly or left untreated, can increase your risk of developing other issues, such as pain, paralysis, or reduced mobility.

Psychological Trauma

It is fairly common for people who have been injured in car crashes to suffer from emotional distress which may develop into psychological trauma or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD may result in long-term emotional suffering if undiagnosed or left unaddressed. In many cases, the effects and symptoms of PTSD may creep up gradually and severely affect your daily life.

Unfortunately, people do not always recognize or understand PTSD symptoms or may be in denial of what they are experiencing. This may lead to people not seeking treatment or downplaying the negative effects of their condition.

Contact a Top Duluth Car Accident Attorney Today

The Duluth car accident attorneys at Banks, Stubbs & McFarland understand how delayed car accident injuries can impact your life and complicate your car accident claim. We will build a strong case that clearly shows how the car crash caused your delayed injuries, so you can recover compensation for all the losses you incurred in the crash. Set up your free case evaluation with our Duluth car accident attorney by calling 770-887-1209 or filling out our online form.