Delayed Accident Symptoms
If you have been in an accident of any kind – whether it be in a sports accident, a vehicle accident, a slip and fall accident, or something else – it is imperative that you give serious consideration to how you are feeling afterward. Don’t dismiss your injuries as “no big deal,” and don’t think “Oh, it’s just a little bit of pain.” Why? Because those seemingly minor symptoms can be a sign of something else more serious.
You might feel great after your accident. There are many people who truly believe they have no injuries and continue about their day genuinely feeling like nothing is wrong. But then, they begin noticing what we call delayed symptoms. Some of the most common delayed symptoms include:
- Neck/Back Pain
- Neck/Back Stiffness
- Tingling/Numbness (anywhere on the body)
- Abdominal Pain
There are many other delayed symptoms, so if you don’t see yours listed, don’t worry. Everyone has a different experience. What’s most important is that no matter what, you take your injuries seriously and don’t dismiss them.
How Long Do Delayed Symptoms Take To Show?
When someone experiences delayed symptoms, that simply means that they don’t see or feel any injury symptoms immediately following the accident. It happens differently for everyone. Some people experience their delayed symptoms in mere hours following their accident, while others may not feel anything for the next 24-48 hours. In some cases, the injured doesn’t experience symptoms for a full week following their accident.
The bottom line is: no one person’s delayed symptoms are the same as the next. Everyone’s experience is different. The most important takeaway here is that if you have delayed symptoms of any kind after an accident, you need to take action.
What Do I Do If I Experience Delayed Symptoms After An Accident?
When you experience delayed symptoms after an accident, you need to seek medical attention immediately. There are two reasons why:
- Your health and well-being: You need to prioritize what is best for you. No one can put your health as #1 on their list like you can, so when you experience delayed symptoms, it is crucial that you seek medical attention.
- Your finances: In most states, there is a statute of limitations put in place by your insurance company when the injured seeks insurance coverage for injuries. This is especially true when it comes to auto accidents. For example, in the state of Florida, if you don’t seek medical attention within 10 days of an accident, your insurance company can legally deny your coverage. Don’t wait when you have an injury, or delayed symptoms otherwise you could be paying out of pocket for your treatment – and that can mean thousands of dollars in medical bills. Instead, reach out to your physical therapist or another medical professional for treatment at the first sign of any pain.
Physical Therapy in Miami
Do you know that you can get treatment from a physical therapist in Miami without a prescription from a medical doctor? It’s true – this law was put into place for Florida residents to make it easier to seek medical treatment when you’ve been injured. Here at Physical Therapy Now, we have a team of insurance experts who work directly with the insurance companies to make sure you get as much coverage as possible.
We’re here to help, so if you experience delayed symptoms after an accident, call us at (800) 481-4582 to schedule your first appointment. We’ll get you in to see one of our talented physical therapists immediately!