Being involved in a motor vehicle accident is scary. Even minor accidents can cause physical and mental injuries.
At the scene of an accident, you may believe you are fine. After all, if the accident was minor and you don’t feel any immediate aches or pains, you should be good, right? Unfortunately, this is an all-too-common mistake that accident victims make.
Learn more about the potential of delayed back injuries and why they occur here. It will also help you see why seeking medical treatment directly after a motor vehicle accident – even if you feel fine – is so important.
Causes of delayed pain for car accident injuries
No two car accidents are alike, so you won’t have the same injuries as anyone else. While this is true, your body goes into “fight or flight” mode when you are involved in an accident. While in this mode, your body releases adrenaline into your blood to help you “fight” the situation.
Adrenaline doesn’t fade away immediately. In fact, it can stick around for several hours after the accident. You can thank this adrenaline for hiding injuries. It has a pain-blocking effect that can last well after you get home. Once your adrenaline levels go back to normal, you will likely notice the aches and pains in your back, neck and even other body parts.
However, adrenaline isn’t the only culprit in hidden or delayed injuries. Swelling and bruising can take hours to develop. You may not realize you were injured until you see these physical signs.
Seek medical attention immediately
A doctor can find these hidden or delayed injuries if you seek medical attention immediately after an accident. However, there’s another benefit. With medical evaluation and treatment, you have official documentation of the accident and what injuries it caused. If you need help claiming injury compensation after a car crash, call Quinn Law Firm at 814-833-2222.