When people are injured in a Washington car accident, they may be owed compensation by the party who is at fault. Unfortunately, one problem that may arise for some victims that the accident might seem minor at the time. In some cases, it may take days or even weeks for pain to indicate that an injury occurred.

First, it is important to not sign a release of liability form too early. This should only be done to settle the claim and after enough time has passed to ensure that there are no injuries. For example, a headache could be an indication of any number of problems including whiplash, a traumatic brain injury, or post-traumatic stress disorder. Neck or shoulder pain could also indicate whiplash as well as spinal injury. Abdominal pain is potentially a sign of a serious injury and should be treated immediately since it could mean the victim has suffered internal injuries. Dizziness and headaches can also be symptoms of internal bleeding.

A herniated disc could cause tingling, numbness and back pain. Back pain is also yet another symptom of whiplash. Finally, people should be aware that PTSD can emerge after some time has elapsed. All symptoms should be evaluated and injured people should get an estimate of future costs. In general, they should not settle until they are stabilized.

Depending on the nature of the injury, recovery may take months or even years, so this guideline should be adapted as necessary. A person who is in a car accident may want to contact an attorney to discuss how to proceed initially and what to document in case injuries do turn out to be more severe than they seem at first.