What If My Car Accident Injuries Don't Show Up Right Away?
In our experience, we’ve worked with many clients with injuries that have shown up days or even weeks later. Many of the people we work with ask us how and why this happens. In this blog, our Charleston car accident attorney explores why your injuries might not show up right away and why you can do if you notice you’re injured after an accident.
Car Accidents are an adrenaline rush…but, not the good kind
If you’ve ever ridden a roller coaster or gone bungee jumping, you’re probably familiar with the feeling of an adrenaline rush. You might have heard stories of professional ballerinas spraining ankles but not noticing their injuries until after the fact. In the excitement of the performance, their bodies created tons of adrenaline and endorphins, which helps charge their bodies with the energy it needs to complete performance and even block pain receptors.
The same thing can happen when you’re in an accident. The shock of the impact puts your body into panic mode; it sends out adrenaline and endorphins to help give you a boost of energy to get through the trauma. After the accident is over, your body stops sending out these chemicals. This is why you might feel fine right after the accident but later feel pain.
How do you know if you have a concussion?
If you have been in a car accident, it is possible you suffered a concussion. Concussions are serious injuries that occur when your brain strikes the wall of your skull with great force. The most obvious symptoms of concussions are a loss of consciousness and disorientation, but there are less obvious symptoms such as:
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty sleeping
- Sleeping more than usual
- Inability to concentrate
See a Doctor As Soon As Possible
If you didn’t notice your injuries right away, you could still file an injury claim, but the process might be a bit more difficult. First, you should make an appointment to be evaluated by a doctor as soon as possible. A doctor can make a report on your condition that can later be used for evidence proving your injury claim. In addition to seeing a doctor as soon as possible, you should also hire a skilled Charleston car accident attorney. If you waited to get medical evaluation after your car accident, it is much easier for insurance companies to deny your claim. Our legal team can do what it takes to help you prove your injury claim and get the compensation you need to cover your injuries.