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Five Injuries That Can Appear Weeks After Your Florida Car Accident

One of the most challenging things in accident injury law is hidden injuries. Hidden injuries are injuries that don’t show symptoms immediately following an accident.

In fact, many of these injuries may not show signs or symptoms for days, weeks, and even months after the accident. Florida law places a strong onus on the accident injury victim to prove a connection between their injuries and the accident. This becomes very challenging when you seek medical attention for these injuries well after the accident.

Getting The Care You Need

This is one of the primary reasons why it is crucial to see a doctor immediately following an accident for a full checkup. That way they can catch and diagnose problems early.

However, sometimes injuries are missed or do not show any obvious symptoms. So it is important to monitor your health following an accident. If any new symptoms appear, see your doctor immediately. This is not only important for your personal injury claim, but many of these injuries are very severe. So it is important for your long term health. Here are just X of the common injuries that can take weeks to appear after an accident.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

TBI is a very serious injury. It can dramatically impact your life because it can damage your cognitive function. TBI has a range of symptoms including:

● Amnesia, forgetfulness, and difficulty concentrating
● Aggression, mood swings, and irritability
● Fainting, dizziness, and blacking out
● Nausea and vomiting
● Blurred vision, difficulty speaking, and loss of smell
● Headaches, back aches, and numbness

TBI injuries can often be fatal, so if you notice any of these symptoms see your primary care provider immediately

Herniated Spinal Discs

Herniated discs are when the rubbery discs between your spinal bones move out of place. This most often happens when there is a strong force of impact like a vehicle accident. Symptoms of a herniated spinal disc include:

● Pain, swelling, or numbness in the arm or legs
● Muscle weakness or spasms
● A feeling of “pins and needles”
● Stiff neck or shoulders

Herniated discs can dramatically impact your mobility. So if you notice these symptoms following your accident seek medical attention immediately.

Knee Injuries

The knees are a very complex joint. When they sustain an injury, it can take a bit of time for the damage to cause pain. Symptoms of knee injuries include:

● Pain, swelling, and inflammation around the joint
● Redness and bruising
● Tenderness and heat
● Sounds like clicks or pops
● Difficulty walking, turning, or bearing weight

Again, if you notice these symptoms, speak to a medical professional.

Shoulder Injuries

Like knees, your shoulders have a very complicated anatomy. Shoulders can sustain sprains, strains, and tears and it can take a while for those symptoms to appear. Symptoms include:

● Pain around your shoulder, neck, and upper back
● Tenderness and swelling
● Difficulty moving your shoulder
● Weakness and numbness

There are a number of different types of injuries that can occur at the shoulder. So it is very important to get a diagnosis to understand how to treat the injury.


Whiplash is a very severe injury to the soft tissue in your neck. It can impact your mobility and is very painful. Whiplash is also challenging to treat, so you will need to see a doctor if you have any of the symptoms including:

● Pain in the neck, arm, shoulders, or upper back
● Dizziness, vertigo, and fainting
● The feeling of “pins and needles”
● Trouble sleeping and insomnia
● Muscle spasms and tingling

The earlier you get diagnosed with whiplash, the better.

These are just some of the injuries that can appear weeks after your Sarasota / Bradenton area auto accident. Make sure to monitor your health for any of these injuries. If these injuries do appear later, you will need the help of an attorney to prove they are a result of the accident. The team at Justice Pays, Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, and Walsh can help. We know what evidence is needed to prove to the insurance companies and the courts that your delayed injury is a direct result of the accident. Give us a call at 1-833-954-1234 for a free case review to learn more.

Stephen M. Fernandez developed a strong belief in justice and fairness in public policy while earning his Political Science degree prior to attending law school. Since joining the Florida Bar Association in 2004, Stephen Fernandez has combined his background in public policy, business administration and civil law to serve as a highly effective trial lawyer fighting for Florida's injured, working hard every day to make sure his clients get what they are owed.

Five Injuries That Can Appear Weeks After Your Florida Car Accident

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