Why You May Not Notice Your Car Crash Injuries Right Away

young man calling for help after car crashBeing involved in a car crash is a significant trauma. The adrenaline released from the shock can mask any pain from injuries, causing victims to think they are okay. However, even when there is no visible damage or pain, victims could have serious internal injuries.

Below, our experienced car crash attorneys in Fort Worth talk about why you might not be aware of your injuries right after a crash. We also explain what you should do to protect your health in those first hours after the accident.

Do you need legal help after being involved in a car crash? If so, we encourage you to contact our knowledgeable legal team at Anderson & Cummings. Our firm has a history of success, and we are deeply committed to seeking justice for you. Find out about your potential legal options in a free case review.

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Why Would I Not Notice My Car Crash Injuries Right Away?

You might not notice your car crash injuries right away for several reasons.

Adrenaline and Shock

After a crash, your body’s fight-or-flight response releases adrenaline, which can temporarily mask pain and injury symptoms, making you feel more alert and less aware of potential injuries.

Delayed Onset of Symptoms

Some injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, soft-tissue injuries and whiplash, may not show symptoms until hours or even several days after the crash. Swelling and inflammation from soft-tissue injuries can also develop over time.

Internal Injuries

Internal injuries, such as internal bleeding or organ damage, might not present visible signs right away. These injuries can be life-threatening without immediate medical attention.

Psychological Factors

The stress and trauma of a crash can divert your attention from physical pain, making it harder to recognize injuries. Dealing with the aftermath, such as speaking to police or insurance companies, can also distract you from noticing symptoms.

Movement and Activity

Post-accident movement can worsen injuries that were not immediately painful. As you go about your day, the strain can cause pain and symptoms to develop later.

Overexertion or Ignoring Symptoms

Handling post-accident responsibilities can lead you to overlook minor pain, which might worsen over time. Ignoring symptoms due to overexertion can delay necessary medical treatment.

When Should I Get Checked Out By a Doctor?

You should get checked out by a doctor without delay after a car crash. Whether or not you think you are okay or uninjured, getting a proper medical examination can either confirm that or quickly help you get the treatment you need.

If you do have internal injuries or other potentially life-altering damage, you may need surgery or other prompt medical attention to keep your injuries from getting worse.

Seeking medical attention promptly can help doctors identify and treat any hidden injuries, helping to ensure your health and safety.

Seeking Immediate Medical Care Helps Protect Your Claim

When you get medical treatment, documentation gets added to your medical records. This documentation is strong evidence and helps link your injuries to the incident that caused them. It is worthwhile mentioning that injured parties must prove the other driver’s negligence.

What Kinds of Injuries May Have Delayed Symptoms?

Certain injuries may not present symptoms immediately after a car crash but can develop hours or days later. Here are some common injuries with delayed symptoms:

  • Whiplash: Symptoms like neck pain, stiffness and headaches may appear hours or days later.
  • Concussions: Headaches, dizziness, nausea and confusion can develop after the initial impact.
  • Internal Bleeding: Abdominal pain, swelling and dizziness may not be immediately noticeable.
  • Soft-Tissue Injuries: Swelling, bruising, and discomfort can develop as inflammation sets in.
  • Back Injuries: Pain and stiffness in the back can emerge hours or days after the accident.
  • Psychological Trauma: PTSD, anxiety and depression may manifest well after the crash.
  • Shoulder Injuries: Pain, weakness and limited range of motion can develop over time.
  • Abdominal Injuries: Pain and tenderness in the abdomen, along with signs of internal bleeding, may appear later.

Being aware of these potential delayed-onset injuries helps ensure timely medical attention and proper treatment.

Other Steps To Take Right After a Crash

There are several key steps you should take right after a crash. The first and most important step is to check yourself for obvious injuries and call 9-1-1 to the scene.

You should also look to see where your car is situated. If you are close to passing traffic and your car is drivable, move it as far off the road as possible. Be mindful you may be a little in shock and take extra care to check for traffic around you.

Once first responders arrive to the scene, you will have an opportunity to give your account about how the crash occurred. It is crucial to remember that whatever you say gets documented on the official police report. With that in mind, you should:

  • Never admit fault or apologize to anyone at the scene or to insurers: Even if you think you contributed to the crash, let investigators do their job. They will figure out what happened and who contributed to the incident.
  • Do not exaggerate or lie about what happened: Be honest, but be brief and concise. Do not add a lot of unnecessary detail. Do not try to guess how fast you or the other driver were going. Just say the facts that you know for sure.

In addition to getting medical attention immediately after the crash, we strongly encourage you to seek legal help. It is free to speak to a knowledgeable attorney in an initial consultation.

Call Anderson & Cummings for Legal Help After a Fort Worth Car Crash

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