Any car accident, from catastrophic collisions to simple fender-benders, is a traumatic event. The force involved when a vehicle hits (or is hit by) something can be intense. When people are involved in a car accident that seems minor, injury symptoms will often go unnoticed for a variety of reasons. Seeking medical care immediately after a car accident in important for not only your well-being but also to protect your rights in your case, so it is important to monitor your injuries following any car accident.

Adrenaline Rush
Car accidents can be exciting…not “exciting” in the fun sense, but definitely exciting from a physiological perspective. Your body will produce extra adrenaline and endorphins, which will increase your energy level, strengthen your body, and can even block the pain. Just because you feel fine immediately following a car accident, it doesn’t mean you really are fine. Once the extra release of chemicals in your body subside, the pain from unseen injuries will begin to set in.

Soft Tissue Injuries
A soft tissue injury refers to damage done to parts other than bone…muscles, ligaments, and tendons are all considered soft tissue. The most common damage to soft tissue to car accidents in “whiplash”, an injury to your neck muscles caused by the head suddenly, and forcefully, being thrown forward and then back. Soft tissue damage could take days, even weeks, to fully manifest.

Your brain is well-protected by your skull, but during the impact of a car accident your brain could kit the inner portion of your skull with great force, resulting in a concussion. Symptoms of a concussion do not show up immediately and can include forgetfulness, loss of concentration, clouded thinking, blurry vision, nausea, and lack of energy.

After a car accident, it is important to see a doctor right away, even if you believe you are uninjured. Your doctor will be able to determine whether any serious injuries incurred as well as give you advice on monitoring symptoms of potential injuries that may show up later. Documenting your injuries is a crucial aspect of your personal injury claim. The Law Office of Thomas Grier can help you through the claims process, allowing you to focus on your health instead of dealing with the insurance company on your own.