Suffering an injury is often a much more complex and affecting experience than you might anticipate. Depending on the nature of the injury itself, you may not even realize you are hurt until hours or even days afterward.
Injuries that don't cause immediate pain, known as delayed onset injuries, often indicate a medical problem. Should you feel pain after a car accident, or even after full contact sports, you should definitely seek medical care as soon as possible. In most cases, the sooner that you identify delayed onset injuries, the sooner you can treat them and lessen their effects. However, some delayed onset injuries can turn fatal if left untreated.
Once you receive proper medical care, you can consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. An attorney can guide you through your experience and help you identify any grounds for a strong personal injury suit, while helping you protect your rights at the same time.
Abdomen injuries may turn fatal
If you experience delayed onset pain in your abdomen, you should go to an emergency room or other urgent care facility immediately. This may indicate that you suffered damage to your internal organs, or you may have internal bleeding.
If your organs suffered damage, they may enter organ failure very quickly, which is regularly fatal. Similarly, internal bleeding means that you have some puncture or tear that is allowing blood to flow out of your bloodstream. This is exceptionally dangerous, because such a tear can easily grow infected and then transmit the infection throughout your body, which can kill you fairly quickly.
Do not put off medical care until tomorrow if you have abdominal pain, for your safety's sake.
Other delayed onset injuries you may experience
If you receive a blow to the head, or if your injury affects your spinal cord or major muscle groups, you may also experience delayed symptoms.
Blows to the head may result in some form of brain injury. Even a mild brain injury can have far reaching effects, and may not present symptoms for days or more than a week.
Injuries to the neck and back often result in muscular harm. Those who have ever overdone it at the gym know the excruciating pain of waking up sore the next day, after finishing out the day with no notable discomfort. Muscular injuries, including whiplash, often do not cause pain until some hours after the injury occurs.
Similarly, if you suffer an injury to your spinal column, one or more of the discs in the column may herniate or some of the nerves carried within the column may pinch. This may result in radiating pain throughout a region of your body, or may present very sharp pain. In some cases, you may even experience tingling or numbness in your limbs.
Don't wait to get help
If you have a delayed onset injury, do not put off getting proper medical care. The longer you wait, the more complicated the injury may become. Likewise, you may weaken your grounds for personal injury claim to address your medical expenses and other losses.
Be sure to get all the medical and legal help you need to fully recover from your injuries and protect your rights in the process.