Pennsylvania drivers or passengers who are in a car crash may not immediately realize how seriously they might be injured. Some aches, pains, injuries and symptoms only surface a day or several days after an accident.
One of the most commonly known is whiplash, and this pain in the neck and shoulders is sometimes diagnosed using MRIs or other tools. Numbness is another symptom associated with whiplash, and around one out of every five people who are in a motor vehicle accident involving a rear-end collision develop whiplash symptoms. Back pain also sometimes takes several days to appear.
Some other symptoms could be indicative of more serious problems. While headaches a few days after a car accident are not unusual, they could also indicate a concussion or a blood clot. Swelling or pain in the abdomen may be an indication of internal bleeding, and this can be life-threatening. People may also have personality changes or suffer from fears and flashbacks related to the accident. They might be suffering from traumatic brain injury or from PTSD. Motor vehicle accidents are one of the top causes of traumatic brain injury.
Individuals who suffer these or other types of injuries in a motor vehicle accident caused by another motorist may face high expenses and a lengthy amount of time off work. In some cases, they can only ever return to work in a limited capacity or cannot return at all. Insurance companies may not offer very much compensation. However, injured individuals may be able to file a lawsuit against the responsible driver even if that driver is not facing criminal charges. The success of a civil suit will rest upon whether or not the driver was negligent. This means, in part, that the driver failed to exercise the requisite standard of care. For example, distracted driving such as talking on a cellphone might constitute negligence.