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Misdiagnosis of a delayed onset injuries is a serious risk

Maybe you're driving on a road you drive all the time, or maybe you're in unfamiliar territory. Suddenly, your good day takes a turn for the worse, and another car strikes you. At first, a thousand things run through your mind, but as the dust settles, you find that you weren't injured beyond some shaken nerves. In fact, other than some vehicle damage, it looks like both you and the other driver got lucky today.

Then a couple days later, you begin to feel pain or discomfort. It's only little at first, but then it grows. Unfortunately, this is a far more common tale than you might think. Car accidents regularly cause a whole class of injuries that do not display themselves for days or even weeks after the collision.

These are commonly called delayed onset injuries, and they can be very serious. If you suspect you may have a delayed onset injury, you should not wait to seek out professional medical care. If you choose to put it off or "ride it out" as many of us do, you could see a minor or middling injury turn serious, or even leave you with lasting harm. In some certain cases, these injuries can even turn fatal.

Misdiagnosis of delayed onset injuries

It is also very possible for a medical professional to misdiagnose these injuries, which can lead to devastating consequences. Delayed onset injuries often pose a challenge to those treating them, because the cause of the injury is not always apparent, or because the attending caregiver may carelessly overlook a serious issue out of negligence.

Delayed onset injuries are not always minor injuries, and a misdiagnosis or dismissal of a delayed onset injury can leave you permanently injured, or even kill you.

Like any medical malpractice concern, it is always wise to consult with an experienced attorney. You may have grounds for a medical malpractice suit if a medical care provider did not properly diagnose and treat your injuries.

Abdomen injuries are emergencies

The vast majority of delayed onset injuries may present very serious problems, but probably won't kill you. This is absolutely not true about a delayed onset injury to your abdomen. If you begin feeling pain in your abdomen after a car accident, you should go to an emergency room immediately.

Delayed abdomen pain often results from internal bleeding or organ damage, which is very dangerous. If left untreated, you could die in a matter of hours or days.

Head injuries can wreck your career and relationships

Minor brain injuries are common in car accidents, and their symptoms can vary. In some cases, you may experience personality changes or lose some cognitive ability. You may misunderstand words that others speak to you or that you read, or you may experience more physical symptoms like headaches that last indefinitely, or bouts of nausea. In some cases, you may even suffer seizures.

Neck and back injuries can sideline you suddenly

If the muscles in your back or neck suffer injury, you may not feel it at first. However, as anyone who's ever overdone it in the gym can tell you, when muscle pain sets it, you can feel paralyzed.

Similarly, if your spine suffers any damage, the nerves in the spinal cord can get pinched, which leads to sharp or dull pain in any area of your body, or may produce numbness and tingling, especially in your arms and legs.

No matter what your delayed onset injury is, you deserve swift, proper medical care that thoughtfully, professionally addresses the true cause of your pain and suffering. If a medical care provider failed to properly care for your delayed onset injury, you can take action to pursue complete compensation.

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