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At the Law Offices of Jon Friedman, our personal injury attorneys in Portland, Oregon understand that not all traffic collision injuries are easily identified immediately after a crash.

The body’s instant response to the impact of a crash can include a burst of adrenaline that can mask the pain, leading the injured person to believe he or she is not hurt at all. Later, the lingering effects of the crash may include headaches or soreness that many injury victims may brush off as “normal” after being involved in an accident.

While the best course of action is to pursue medical care immediately after a car accident, not everyone does. Many people dismiss their symptoms, assuming they will go away in a couple of days. That may not be the case.

Here is what our Oregon residents need to know about delayed symptoms after a traffic collision, and why avoiding medical care may be interfering with their wellness and ability to file a personal injury claim.

Delayed Symptoms Can Point to Severe Car Accidents Injuries

Car accidents of all types, including high-speed T-bone crashes or low-speed rear-end collisions can cause delayed pain, soreness, and stiffness that seem common enough for most people to ignore.

However, some post-crash symptoms should be taken very seriously, as they could signal a much more severe injury.

They include:

  • Abdominal swelling or pain
  • Back or neck pain
  • Blurred vision
  • Confusion, difficulty concentrating, or clouded thinking
  • Persistent headaches
  • Tingling or loss of sensation in your extremities

These symptoms may signal you have suffered a serious injury that may include:

  • Concussion or traumatic brain injury
  • Whiplash or other soft tissue damage
  • Internal hemorrhaging
  • Neck or spine injuries
  • Sprains or strains
  • Torn ligaments and tendons

These injuries may require lengthy medical treatment and extended time away from work, even when they are not identified until days after the accident has passed.

If you have been in a car accident and are experiencing delayed injury symptoms, seek immediate medical attention. Your health is your most valuable asset, so it is critical to listen to your body and seek the medical care you need.

If you are worried about the time it will take to heal, the expenses associated with your medical care, or the loss of income when your injuries keep you out of work, contact our car accident attorneys for help. We will discuss your eligibility to file a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver, so you can focus on your physical recovery with confidence.

The at-fault party’s insurance company will counter your claim by citing the delay in seeking medical care as a clear sign that you were not injured. We can help outline your delayed symptoms, complete injuries, and overall treatment plan as grounds for a valid personal injury claim.

Contact Our Experienced Personal Injury Lawyers in Oregon for Help Today

Contact our Portland car accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Jon Friedman at (503) 242-1440 to schedule a free consultation and get the help you need to make informed decisions about the direction of your case.

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