Whiplash Symptoms Can Occur Days After a Car Accident

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The primary cause of most auto accidents isn’t the vehicle itself, but the person behind the wheel. If drivers do not pay attention to the road in front of them, they may end up striking another car from behind. And if you are in that car when it is hit, the sudden force may cause your body to slam backwards and forwards in quick succession, an injury known as whiplash.

Symptoms of whiplash can include:

  • Stiffness in the neck
  • Pain when you bend your neck
  • Headaches
  • Shoulder and neck pain
  • Dizziness
  • Feelings of fatigue
  • Difficulty turning your head

However, these symptoms may not show up immediately after your car accident. Part of this could be due to shock after the crash, but it is possible that you won’t feel any pain until several days after the accident. This is because the injury affects soft tissue in the neck and shoulder area, places where the skin will not bruise or show signs of damage immediately. These injuries, classified as “soft-tissue injuries” by ICBC, may need a doctor’s appointment to diagnose.

If you are in an auto accident, don’t let your whiplash injuries go undiagnosed. Attorneys at Stephens & Holman in British Columbia will make sure you receive appropriate compensation for your injuries, even for injuries that don’t immediately show up. Contact us at 604-730-4120.