Even if you feel fine after an accident and aren’t noticeably injured on the scene, some post-accident symptoms can surface days later. Sometimes, the high levels of stress can cause someone to overlook potential injuries.

Here are the most common symptoms that can appear a few days after the accident:


Headaches aren’t always serious. They are very common after accidents. However, they can sometimes indicate a potentially serious problem, such as a blood clot, neck or head injury, or a serious concussion.

Whiplash Injury

Whiplash injuries are caused by rear-end collisions, starting as speeds as low as under 14MPH. Whiplash symptoms include neck and/or shoulder pain and/or stiffness. These injuries can be serious and may require x-rays, CT scans, or MRIs, so it is important to seek help right away.

Back pain

Lower back pain occurs in over 50% of rear-end collisions, in about 30% of side-impact accidents. Back pain is caused by muscle, ligament, and/or nerve injury, or damage to the spine.

Abdominal pain and/or swelling

Abdominal pain can be serious- it can indicate internal bleeding, and can go unnoticed for hours, and even days. Symptoms include deep purple bruising, dizziness, and fainting. This is a life-threatening condition that must be dealt with by emergency staff as soon as symptoms are discovered.

Numb limbs (Whiplash associated disorder)

Numbness is a result of damage to the neck or spine. This is another type of symptom associated with whiplash, where one may lose feeling in their arms and hands. Symptoms of whiplash vary from person to person, so it’s important to evaluate yourself and others involved in a crash for pain and potential signs of injury.

Personality and/or physical function changes

Impaired thinking and/or memory, problems with movement, vision, and/or hearing, personality changes, and/or depression, are all signs of traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain injuries are estimated to be the third leading cause of traumatic brain injuries, and vehicle accidents are the second leading cause of death from traumatic brain injuries.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD is quite common and often cause victims to have disturbing memories of the accident, and/or nightmares. PTSD can cause flashbacks and extreme stress, decreased performance at work, trouble getting on with life, and sever anxiety. Children are at higher risk of PTSD than other age groups. Affected individuals should always seek care and help, as PTSD can become worse over time.

If any of these symptoms are apparent to you or anyone after you or someone you love has been involved in an auto accident, seek medical help right away, and talk to your attorney about the issues. After a car accident, whiplash is common. If you or someone you know needs a Clearwater car accident attorney, call us at 1-800-INJURED, so we can help you through difficult times. Our network offers excellent West Palm Beach whiplash attorneys who can help you, and personal injury attorneys located throughout Florida.

Category: Car Accidents, Personal Injury