Confusion, depression, frustration—these are just a few emotions that you might feel after an accident. If you’ve experienced a collision before, you may already know that the shock and adrenaline can make it seem impossible to think clearly.
It is a common misconception that adrenaline reduces the amount of pain that you feel after a crash; however, according to the University of North Carolina, your body may release epinephrine in response to physical stress. Epinephrine has been shown to enhance mental concentration, and if your focus is not on your pain, it is possible that you could entirely overlook the fact that you were injured.
Your top priority after any collision is to seek medical attention. It is common for people to forego a medical evaluation because they fear the expense or they believe that their injuries are minor; however, putting off treatment could cause your injuries to worsen. Also, if you do not visit a doctor and you decide to file a personal injury claim, the insurance company may argue that your injury was caused by something else or that your own negligence contributed to its severity.
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If you were injured in a crash that another motorist caused, you may be able to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and non-economic damages. An Alexandria car accident attorney from Laborde Earles Law Firm can help you fight for the maximum payout and avoid costly mistakes during the claims process. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 800-522-6733.
Minor Symptoms That Often Indicate Major Injuries after Car Accidents
Due to the effects of epinephrine, a major injury might not be immediately noticeable after a collision. Sometimes a serious injury only shows minor symptoms until several hours or even days pass. You should seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of the following symptoms after a crash:
- Neck Strain: This is a common symptom of a spinal injury or whiplash, which can worsen if the neck is not stabilized.
- Back Pain: Back pain is another symptom of a spinal injury or whiplash. Common back injuries in car accidents include vertebrae damage and slipped discs, both of which require immediate treatment.
- Headaches: Car accidents are the number-one cause of traumatic brain injuries. TBIs can range in severity, but serious brain trauma can cause cognitive or physical disabilities and, in extreme cases, death.
- Tingling in the Limbs: This often indicates a spinal cord injury.
- Stomach Pain: Abdominal bleeding can be fatal if left untreated. Stomach pain is often the first indicator of a serious abdominal injury.
The cost of treating these injuries can be exorbitant, but if your crash was caused by a negligent driver, you may be able to recover compensation for healthcare expenses, lost wages, and other damages by filing a personal injury claim.
An Alexandria personal injury lawyer from Laborde Earles Law Firm will help you navigate the claims process and fight for the highest possible payout. Call 800-522-6733 to schedule a free initial consultation.