Getting in a mild car crash can shake up your day. And without proper treatment and representation, that same mild accident can leave you with long lasting consequences.

The shock of the situation may cloud any pain you’re experiencing, but there are both physical and emotional conditions after a car accident of any size that aren’t immediately clear.

Delayed injuries

It pays to remember that sometimes minor to serious pain doesn’t take form until long after the car crash. Keeping track of any slight injuries will go a long way not only at the medical treatment level, but also in any personal injury litigation.

For example, if you suffer from whiplash, a condition caused by quick, back-and-forth neck movement, symptoms might not develop until a few days after the crash. Common symptoms of whiplash include:

  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness in the arms and neck
  • Shoulder pain
  • Back pain.

Additionally, emotional suffering, like depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder, could take place after the incident or after suffering physical injuries.

Pain and suffering

Any feeling of physical or emotional distress you may experience after the car accident, also known as pain and suffering, is worth recognizing and claiming in a personal injury lawsuit as well.

A pain and suffering claim is a bit more difficult to prove. This is because, although a bandage can help heal a wound, the healing process may take time, include long-lasting physical pain and create stress due to constantly having to protect the wound from further injury.

A personal injury attorney can help you calculate pain and suffering by determining the criticality or length of your injuries. More than that, an attorney who pays attention and cares about you can help develop a path forward so you can move on.

Don’t lose out on compensation by acting tough.