Do you remember the first time you went to the gym or tried a new exercise? Your muscles are usually fine immediately afterward, but the next day you wake up feeling like you’ve aged 40 years.
The same physical reaction can happen after an auto accident, which is why you should never shrug off any pain you feel. Think about this: if your car was significantly damaged, chances are your body was too. Here’s what you should do if you don’t show immediate injuries after an auto accident:
Some injuries don’t show immediate symptoms
“Like an athlete who can play through a game after sustaining a sprain, a driver or passenger involved in an accident will produce chemicals to help them get through the traumatic experience without feeling pain. This happens when your body releases a steady supply of adrenaline and endorphins,” says Auto Loan Solutions.
“These same chemicals contribute to the heightened alertness and jitters that are common after an accident. Of course, as time passes by, the levels of adrenaline and endorphins drop to a normal amount, leading to the sensations of pain that wasn’t there before,” continues Auto Loan Solutions.
Four symptoms you should never ignore after an auto accident
If you were in an auto accident, you may have injuries that can affect you for the rest of your life. Sometimes, personal injuries are apparent at the time of the accident. Other injuries may not be noticeable for a while. Here are some injury symptoms that you may experience after an auto accident:
1. Headaches – this could be a sign of brain trauma such as a concussion or internal bleeding. While it’s easy to blame stress for the headache, you should always see a doctor after an accident to make sure that headache isn’t something more.
2. Shoulder or Neck Pain – pain in this area could be a symptom of whiplash or a spinal injury. Herniated disks are also a possible culprit for pain.
3. Back Pain – damage to ligaments, vertebrae, back muscles or nerves can appear after auto accidents. This is especially common after rear-impact or side-impact collisions.
4. Numbness – Numbness or tingling may be a sign of pinched nerves. Additionally, numbness in the arms and hands could be another indication of whiplash.
Don’t Sign or Settle Right Away
Before your insurance company or the liable parties’ insurance company wants you to sign a release of liability or settle on payment details, follow these simple steps to ensure your compensation will be helpful and fair.
First, visit a doctor. Even if you feel like your bodily stress-induced chemicals have died down and you don’t have any major aches, you should still see a medical professional. They know what to look for and how to check for internal injuries. The last thing you want is to settle your claim and then later find out your injuries are going to cost you your future.
Second, “If you are contacted by an insurance company representative who asks you for recorded statements, medical records, your story, releases and other information, you should tell them that you are contacting an attorney,” advises the National Law Review.
Contact a Lawyer
Just like a medical professional knows how to ensure your health, a legal professional knows how to ensure your financial health and protect your rights. An attorney will help you decide which course of action to take after an auto accident.
DCC Law offers free case evaluations so if you’re on the fence about working with an auto accident attorney, contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you!