At Swartz & Swartz P.C., we know that it’s not unusual for injury-related pain after a car accident to show up later, sometimes much later.

Nolan Sloan Esq

By: Nolan Sloan

Managing & Principal Attorney – Car Accidents, Personal Injury

At Swartz & Swartz P.C., we know that it’s not unusual for injury-related pain after a car accident to show up later, sometimes much later. If possible, you should see a doctor immediately after your accident, even if you’re not experiencing any significant symptoms. A full check-up and evaluation can help your doctor diagnose injuries before related symptoms even appear.
Even if you have been to a doctor and you have gotten the all clear, you should stay alert for any symptoms in the days and weeks following your accident. If any develop, go back to your doctor, and please don’t delay. In today’s blog post, we are going to explore the different types of pain that can happen after your accident occurred and what that pain could mean.

Types of Pain After a Car Accident That are Often Delayed

Headaches – Make sure you pay attention to the location and how bad the pain is. It could be stress-related or a sign of concussion, brain injury, whiplash, neck injury, or even a blood clot. 

Pain in the Neck or Shoulders – This is often a sign of whiplash, which is sometimes experienced right after an accident but sometimes doesn’t emerge until several days later. 

Back Pain – Lower back particularly may indicate a whiplash-related injury. It also could mean a sprain, herniated disc, or other soft-tissue injuries (such as muscle damage) has occurred. If accompanied by tingling or numbness, it could mean you have pinched nerves.

Numbness or a Tingling Sensation – These types of sensations, in addition to weakness in the limbs, often indicate a herniated disc that pinches or presses up against nerves in the spine. This pinching can cause pain, tingling and numbness.

Abdominal (stomach) Pain – If you experience abdominal pain after an accident (which may surface days after the incident), get immediate medical attention. Internal bleeding also may cause headaches, dizziness, and deep bruising.

Emotional Pain and Suffering – Not all pain is physical.  Well after your accident you might experience depression, anxiety, or even PTSD. Brain injuries also may cause emotional pain or personality changes.

Even if you have been to a doctor and you have gotten the all clear, you should stay alert for any symptoms in the days and weeks following your accident

It’s important for you to know that Massachusetts has a deadline, or “statute of limitations,” for filing a personal injury lawsuit in the state’s civil court system. The Massachusetts personal injury statute of limitations is found in Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 260 section 2A, which sets a three-year deadline for the filing of almost all types of injury-related lawsuits, whether your injury was caused by negligence or intentional harm. 

Simply put, this law gives you three years to file a personal injury lawsuit in a Massachusetts court. For most cases, this three-year time limit starts to run on the date of the accident. However, if your injury and your pain doesn’t manifest right away, the three-year deadline starts counting down only after you reasonably discover your latent injury. 

You should also know that sometimes, delayed car accident injuries can result in challenges to your insurance claim. Insurance companies sometimes assume accident victims are exaggerating or even fabricating their symptoms. The longer the time between your accident and your diagnosis or the onset of your symptoms, the harder it becomes to establish the accident as the cause of the injury. So, keep alert for delayed pain and get back to your doctor as soon as new symptoms appear. 

If you’ve been hurt or injured and are thinking of filing a personal injury claim, please do not delay. The clock is ticking. Give our experienced personal injury attorneys a call today. We are here to answer your questions and protect your legal rights. Call our Boston, Massachusetts office at (617) 742-1900, or toll-free at 1-800-545-3732.

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Nolan Sloan Esq


Nolan, has experience working on a variety of cases involving motor vehicle accidents and general liability.
Prior to joining Swartz & Swartz, Nolan worked as an associate attorney representing hundreds of clients in complex legal matters at several high-volume social security disability and personal injury law firms in Downtown Boston.

 

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