During moments of excitement, it can be challenging to notice if something is wrong. Our bodies go into survival mode, granting us a kick of adrenaline that sometimes keeps us from feeling pain. This adrenaline is helpful in the throes of an automobile crash but what do you do if you do not feel injured immediately after your accident?
At McIntyre Law Firm, we have helpful tips to keep in mind.
Give yourself time to evaluate possible injuries
Because of the adrenaline rush that frequently follows a car accident, crash victims feel fine at first. If you step out of your car and do not see any immediately dangerous outer injuries, you might just assume that you are unharmed.
Before brushing yourself off and saying “I’m fine,” take a moment to really get in touch with what your body is feeling. Immediately after a crash, your adrenaline levels will be higher, preventing you from feeling symptoms. Let that pass and then evaluate yourself. Do you have any scrapes, cuts or lacerations? Are you bleeding? Can you move your arms, legs and neck without trouble?
If you notice anything peculiar about how you look or feel after letting the adrenaline die down, do not ignore that.
Seek and accept immediate medical attention
Unfortunately, many symptoms of serious or even minor injuries take time to show up. Following your car accident, be sure to ask for medical attention as soon as possible.
Paramedics ask a list of questions at the scene of a crash, and it can sometimes be overwhelming when you are still processing the shock of what just happened to you. Stay calm and ask them to repeat their questions if necessary. Pay attention to the specific symptoms they inquire about: dizziness, headache, shortness of breath, nausea, neck pain and more. If you are not feeling a particular symptom, answer their questions with “not yet,” or “not right now,” in the event those symptoms reveal themselves later.
If possible, go to the hospital or your doctor once you leave the scene of the crash in order to get another professional opinion and examination. Even if you do not feel any immediate pain, pay attention to how your body may develop more symptoms within the first 20 minutes, 2 hours, 8 hours, 24 hours, etc. It is better to keep a watchful eye and catch your injuries later than to say you feel fine and not catch them at all.
Wait before signing a settlement
Refrain from signing any releases until you have been properly examined for external and internal injuries after a car accident. If you sign any sort of release from an insurance company prior to your injuries revealing themselves, you cannot go back and ask for medical coverage for those injuries once you discover them.
Recovering from a car accident is never a fun task to handle, so do not handle it alone. Our lawyers at McIntyre Thanasides Bringgold Elliott Grimaldi & Guito, P.A. are here to assist you. Call us today at (844)511-4800 if you or someone you know has been involved in an automobile crash.