Imagine you were involved in a serious auto collision. Your vehicle rolled and flipped five times before it came to a rest in the middle of the interstate median. However, like something out of a Hollywood movie, you miraculously crawled out of the window and walked away from the crash. When police arrived, they couldn’t believe it was you who was riding in the car.

What you didn’t realize at the time is that you’d be paying for the incident in the days to come. The day after the crash, you woke up to find that your neck was stiff and painful. On day two, you couldn’t move your neck at all and were suffering from splitting headaches. On day three, your entire back hurt and you had intense abdominal pain. It’s actually very common to experience delayed pain after a car accident like this.

One of the challenges of delayed pain after an accident from a personal injury law perspective — whether it’s headaches, memory loss, neck and shoulder problems, back pain, numbness and tingling, abdominal pain or emotional and psychological suffering caused by PTSD — is the fact that victims haven’t established a record of the associated injuries immediately following the crash.

For the purpose of recovering financial damages relating to injuries, it’s important for car accident victims to document their injuries as soon as possible by visiting a doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

If your pain and injury symptoms were delayed following a Tennessee car crash, it doesn’t mean that you can’t pursue financial restitution from the parties at fault for your car accident and injuries. By implementing appropriate legal strategies, you may still have a viable claim for damages.