It’s not uncommon to believe that you weren’t hurt after being struck by another vehicle while you were traveling on a Georgia highway. However, the truth is that it may take several hours, days or weeks for symptoms of common accident injuries to reveal themselves.
Back or neck pain may seem mild at first
In the immediate aftermath of an accident, you may feel little more than mild soreness in your back or neck. However, even mild soreness could be indicative of a pulled or torn muscle. There is also a chance that your pain may be caused by a broken bone. Therefore, it’s important to see a doctor as quickly as possible to rule out a catastrophic injury that may require surgery to fix.
Internal bleeding may not be apparent right away
It’s not uncommon to feel pain around your midsection, and in many cases, this is the result of cuts or scrapes incurred as your body makes contact with various surfaces inside of the vehicle. However, it’s also possible that stomach or abdominal pain is caused by an internal bleed. If caught early, it may be possible to stop the bleeding with rest or medication. Otherwise, surgery may be the only way to fix the problem in a timely and adequate manner.
If you are injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages. Medical records, witness statements and other forms of evidence may be used to establish that you were hurt because of the actions of a negligent driver. Cases may be resolved either in court or by reaching a negotiated settlement.