No two car accidents are identical. In some cases, injuries are immediate. However, in other cases, injuries from an accident might not immediately surface. This can be a challenge. Some people assume that the lack of injury right away means that they are just fine. Don't fall for this mistake. You may still be injured and you need to protect your rights.
The Excitement Of It All
Whether large or small, an accident is an exciting event that gets your adrenaline pumping. Heightened adrenaline typically accompanies an increased level of endorphins, the feel-good chemical. In this type of physical state, your body is so hyped up that you won't feel any pain. Not until some time has passed and your body has returned to its normal state will you start to feel the effects of the accident and any injuries you incurred.
Slow Onset Injuries
Even if you aren't pumped up on adrenaline and endorphins, you might be suffering from an injury that doesn't have an immediately noticeable onset. One injury that fits within this category is a concussion. Some of the symptoms of this condition include disorientation, confusion, poor balance and ringing of the ears. Particularly when it comes to symptoms that affect mental ability, the person affected rarely is able to recognize that they are confused or disoriented.
Not until they are examined by a professional or witnessed by a loved one does concern arise. Soft tissue injuries, which occur as a result of your body being forcefully jolted around, also fit within this category. People plagued with this condition often experience discomfort and reduced mobility. It's not uncommon for a long span of time to pass before evidence of this type of injury to surface.
Protect Your Rights
If you've been involved in a motor vehicle accident, don't let the lack of any immediately recognizable injuries keep you from fair compensation. Never immediately tell an attorney or insurance company representing the other party that you aren't injured. These statements will come back to haunt you. In the event that you later find out you are injured, you may be unable to file a claim. After an accident, it is imperative that you be examined by a medical professional before you declare that you are injury free.
An attorney will work with you to ensure your rights are protected. Ensure you're taking your time and seeking medical treatment.
For a personal injury attorney, contact a law firm such as King Law Firm.