If you have been involved in a car accident in Atlanta, particularly a low-speed crash you may not feel pain right after the collision. Even major collisions can leave an accident victim feeling relieved or charged with adrenaline at having escaped the accident.
When an individual is involved in a collision, a natural physiological reaction is a sudden increase in endorphins. The body is flooded with adrenaline. What you may not realize is the increased level of these two chemicals in the body masks pain. As a result, you may feel fine immediately after an accident. You might even refuse medical attention since no bones were broken and you feel unharmed. In many cases, the initial shock of the accident is enough to keep the symptoms of an injury at bay for a short period of time.
The problem is that you may wake up the next day very sore and in pain. There is no way to know when the pain from a car accident injury will appear. Many car accident injuries are not initially noticeable. Still, it is crucial to seek medical attention and have a doctor assess your condition. The moment your body halts the production of endorphins and adrenaline, there can be extreme pain and discomfort.
The question is, if you didn’t realize you sustained injury, then how can you go about seeking compensation? Will latent injuries be covered? Can you avoid missing out on compensation you rightfully deserve?
Types of Injuries Caused in Car Accidents
There are many types of injuries that can be sustained in a car accident. Bruises, lacerations, broken bones, head injuries, neck injuries, and back injuries are common. Two of the most often overlooked injuries are injuries to soft tissue or concussions, as symptoms are sometimes not visible.
Soft tissue injuries occur when damage is done to the muscles, ligaments, or tendons in our bodies. Depending on the severity of a collision, a car accident can easily cause a body to be thrown around or against a hard object. This can cause rips, tears, and other damage to soft tissue. One of the most recognizable soft tissue injuries is whiplash,which occurs when a person’s neck muscles are torn or damaged as a result of the head being thrown forward and backward. Pain, swelling, and limited mobility are quite common in soft tissue injuries.
Any blow to the head can cause a concussion. This type of injury can also happen when the head is jolted around with such violence, it causes the brain to hit the skill with significant force. While you may think this type of injury would present signs or symptoms right away, that is not always the case.
Symptoms of a concussion include:
- Brief loss of consciousness
- Inability to concentrate
- Blurry or double vision
- Dizziness or light-headedness
- Nausea or vomiting
- Drowsiness or an overall lack of energy
- Clouded thinking or memory problems
- Abnormal sleep patterns
It is crucial to recognize the signs of a concussion to minimize potentially serious, long-term damage. Since the signs aren’t always apparent, it’s best to seek a medical evaluation.
Importance of Seeking Medical Attention Following a Car Accident
In the event you are involved in a car accident, get checked out by your doctor even if you don’t feel hurt. At the very least, go to a doctor, explain that you were involved in a car accident, and get a full medical assessment. A doctor’s assessment of an injury is valuable evidence to support an insurance claim.
Never sign an agreement or settle with an insurance company until you have been fully evaluated by a qualified medical professional. You could find out later that you have suffered an injury that will affect you long term. If this were the case, accepting a settlement could mean you would lose some level of compensation that you will need for treatment and to cover all other financial and personal losses.
If you were injured in an accident caused by another driver, having an attorney represent you can dramatically improve your chances of recovering the maximum compensation possible. Call The Millar Law Firm today to find out what our firm can do for you.