Some car crash injuries won’t appear until days or weeks after the accident. This is why victims in New Jersey need to be careful about signing a release of liability form with the other party’s auto insurance company. They may want a complete medical evaluation done, too, so that they have a chance to seek compensation for all their injuries.
It’s a good idea to know what sort of injuries can make a delayed appearance and how they can be identified. It all depends on the symptoms that one is experiencing. Headaches, for example, can signify a brain injury, especially a concussion; a neck injury; or a blood clot. If it’s combined with neck and shoulder pain, the headache may point to whiplash.
This pain in the neck and shoulders may also be the result of a herniated disc. Herniated discs will often pinch or press against the nerves in the spine, leading to pain, tingling and numbness in the affected area. One may also suffer from lower back pain; although, this symptom by itself may point to a sprain or muscle damage.
Some injuries need immediate attention even though their symptoms could be delayed. For example, internal bleeding will cause abdominal pain and deep bruising. Then there are the emotional effects of accidents; victims may subsequently develop PTSD or anxiety.
A personal injury claim could cover both monetary and non-monetary losses, such as medical expenses, lost wages and the physical and emotional suffering underwent. Since New Jersey is a no-fault state, however, only those who have suffered a major injury or disability can file a third-party insurance claim. To see what their options are, a victim might want to see a lawyer.