California residents who survive an auto accident without much more than a slight headache are likely to feel grateful that they got off without serious injury. However, there are reasons to be cautious, even suspicious, of even mild head pain following an automobile accident. In fact, a headache could be a sign that you have suffered a far worse injury.
Findlaw points out that people may not always manifest serious injury symptoms immediately following an auto accident. In fact, it could be days or weeks before you discover something is truly seriously wrong with you. For example, people experiencing head pain due to a vehicular accident may have suffered a concussion, whiplash, a blood clot, or an injury to the neck or even the brain.
Sometimes the pain is of an emotional nature. Days or weeks after an accident and the relating events have concluded, you might experience anxiety or depression even though you do not understand why. Your personality could undergo unexplained changes, or you might even suffer bouts of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). All of these can result from physical injuries, but they can also arise from just experiencing the auto accident and the resulting complications in your life.
Without being diagnosed for these types of injuries, a victim of an auto accident may assume he or she did not suffer any significant physical injury and sign a release of liability that puts an end to future claims of liability and also ends any current lawsuit against the other party. However, if a victim signs a release and then discovers he or she has suffered a serious auto-related injury, the victim could lose out on further compensation. The Findlaw piece recommends auto accident victims be medically examined before signing a liability release.
This article is intended to educate readers on delayed injury symptoms and is not to be taken as legal advice.