After a car accident in Pennsylvania, a driver or passenger may be injured without even realizing it. This is because some injuries are not apparent immediately after the crash occurs. In many car wrecks, individuals may suffer from whiplash even in crashes involving vehicles traveling at speeds lower than 15 miles per hour. Those who experience whiplash may also experience numbness in their arms or legs because of damage done to the neck or spinal cord.
In addition to neck or shoulder pain, back pain may not become apparent for many days after a wreck. Internal bleeding could occur after a car crash but could go undiagnosed for hours or days after the crash. Symptoms of possible internal bleeding include fainting, purple bruising around the abdominal muscles and swelling. Anyone suffering from those symptoms should seek emergency treatment.
Physical injuries are not the only ones that may take days to present themselves. Those who have suffered a head or brain injury may notice changes in mood, an inability to recall past events and an inability to walk or see clearly. Also, those who are in a crash may suffer from PTSD with children being especially susceptible. Symptoms of PTSD include flashbacks of the accident and frequent nightmares in which the event is replayed vividly.
Those who are involved in a car crash that has been caused by another motorist may suffer from catastrophic injuries. Those who are in this situation may wish to discuss their legal alternatives with an attorney. In some cases, legal counsel may find it advisable to file a personal injury lawsuit that would seek compensation from the responsible party for the losses that have been incurred by the client.