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By Pejman Javaheri
Founding Partner

Los Angeles, with its bustling freeways and relentless traffic, is no stranger to car accidents. One moment, you’re cruising along, and the next, your world has been turned upside down. The immediate chaos passes, and you’ve seemingly walked away unharmed. 

Yet, as many learn, the toll of a car accident often manifests days or weeks later. 

That’s when a capable Los Angeles car accident attorney comes into play. But what are these late-arriving guests, and why should you pay attention? Let’s dive in.

The Body’s Response: A Mask of Adrenaline

The human body is a marvel, isn’t it? In high-stress situations, it instinctively masks the pain, thanks to our friend adrenaline. It’s like putting a band-aid on a cut – temporarily hiding the wound. But what happens when the band-aid falls off, and you’re left with unseen injuries? 

Top Ten Delayed Symptoms After a Car Accident

Unveiling these invisible wounds is essential. Here are the top ten delayed symptoms to look out for after a car accident:

1. Neck or Shoulder Pain: Whiplash is the uninvited guest that often slips in unnoticed, causing pain, stiffness, or limited motion in your neck or shoulders.

2. Headaches: A sudden headache days after an accident could be waving a red flag for a potential concussion or other head injuries.

3. Back Pain: Delayed back pain might point towards muscle strains, herniated discs, or even spinal injuries lurking beneath the surface.

4. Abdominal Pain or Swelling: If you’re experiencing abdominal discomfort or swelling, it could be a silent alarm for internal injuries or bleeding.

5. Numbness or Tingling: Feel like your limbs fell asleep and can’t wake up? This could signal nerve damage.

6. Psychological Symptoms: Post-accident, mental health is just as crucial as physical health. Keep an eye out for signs of PTSD, anxiety, depression, and other psychological symptoms.

7. Dizziness or Vertigo: Ever tried standing up too quickly and felt the room spin? Imagine that sensation, but it’s not going away. This could hint at an inner ear injury or head trauma.

8. Changes in Vision or Hearing: Blurred vision or hearing changes can be more than just a nuisance; they could indicate an underlying issue, such as a concussion.

9. Sleep Disturbances: Insomnia, oversleeping, nightmares – these can all stem from the emotional and physical impact of an accident.

10. Cognitive Difficulties: Struggling to concentrate? Forgetting things? These could be signs of a concussion or another traumatic brain injury. 

Your Next Steps

These symptoms might be delayed, but your response to them shouldn’t be. Seek immediate medical attention if these signs appear after an accident. Your health matters and a timely medical evaluation can help pinpoint and address potential issues.

But health is just one side of the coin. Navigating the aftermath of a car accident also includes dealing with legal implications. A seasoned Los Angeles car accident attorney can advocate for your rights, helping you secure the compensation you need for your recovery.

Here for You

Have you or a loved one been in a car accident? Are you experiencing delayed symptoms? Don’t face this daunting journey alone. Contact us for a free consultation. Let our dedicated Los Angeles car accident attorneys support you in this challenging time. Your well-being is our priority.

About the Author
P.J. Javaheri is an experienced personal injury attorney and a founding partner of Mi Abogado. Mr. Javaheri received his Juris Degree from the University of California, Hastings in 2005. Mr. Javaheri is dedicated to serving clients in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California. His practice focuses on the area of personal injury law, particularly in representing people who have been injured in car, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents, the practice also specializes in premises liability matters. In recognition of his skills and dedication to his vocation, Javaheri has been named on the California Super Lawyers Rising Stars list in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Mr. Javaheri is also active in the Consumer Attorneys of California and the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles.  In 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018, Mr. Javaheri was honored with appointments to the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charities (LATLC) Honorary Board of Directors at its highest level; the Diamond Level. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Mr. Javaheri at 310.694.3084 or by emailing contact@miabogado.com.