Delayed feelings of pain or discomfort after an accident are not uncommon. Because many New Jersey residents think it is perfectly normal to feel sore after a car crash, they may not think that they have suffered any serious injury. However, even if a person begins feeling back pain days or weeks after a collision, it could point to a serious spinal injury.
Spinal misalignment can result from even minor car accidents. If a vehicle is hit from behind, the jarring motion can lead to this injury, and the sudden stopping from the impact in other types of crashes can cause misalignment. It is not unusual for symptoms of spinal misalignment to not show themselves immediately. Some people may not feel pain due to the adrenaline of the accident, and others may preemptively take pain relievers because they anticipate feeling sore after the accident.
Unfortunately, spinal misalignment is not an injury that will heal on its own. If a person chalks up back pain to standard post-accident soreness or does not associated the pain with the accident since it started days or weeks after the crash, it is possible to suffer for an extended period of time and for the injury to worsen. As a result, it is always wise to seek medical attention for any concerns after a crash, even if weeks have passed.
Spinal misalignment could lead to other problems with a person’s health, including migraines and respiratory problems. If this injury affects New Jersey residents after a car crash, it could take them an extended time to recover after receiving necessary medical treatment. If the injuries resulted from an accident caused by another driver, the injured parties may have reason to file a personal injury claim against the driver considered at fault. A successful claim could result in compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages.