In the immediate aftermath of a car accident, it’s not unusual for an injury to go unnoticed or to seem minor at first. The problem is when an individual does not recognize an injury, they are unlikely to seek medical attention. However, by failing to receive a medical examination, the individual is risking their health and allowing an injury to become more severe.
Once you receive medical care for your injury after a car accident or any other type of accident caused by another motorist, contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss the next steps toward recovering compensation for your damages through a personal injury claim.
Why is Pain Delayed?
The main reason you might not feel physical pain at the site of your accident is the heightened levels of adrenaline and endorphins moving through your nervous system, your body’s response to the trauma. These chemicals cause you to feel excited and dull your pain.
However, you could have sustained a concussion or a soft tissue injury, both of which do not exhibit symptoms right away. Concussions are a mild type of traumatic brain injury that can have symptoms like disorientation, nausea, and dizziness. According to a report by CNN, concussions can quickly become severe if they are not addressed properly. Soft tissue injuries are injuries to the tendons, ligaments, and muscles that can have symptoms like inflammation, reduced mobility, and physical pain. One common type of soft tissue injury is whiplash, which occurs when the head is forcibly thrown back then forward.
Should I Visit a Doctor After a Car Accident?
Any time you are involved in an accident, it is in your best interest to seek a doctor’s attention as soon as you can, even if you don’t feel pain. Your doctor can properly diagnose your condition and prescribe the treatment you need. The doctor’s diagnosis of your injuries can also provide vital evidence to submit as part of your personal injury claim.
Seeking medical treatment for your injury is one of the critical steps to take after you are involved in a car accident or motorcycle accident. This should be a priority after exchanging insurance and contact information with other motorists involved and exchanging contact information with the investigating police officer and witnesses who saw your accident. After you have received a doctor’s diagnosis and begun your medical treatment, you should contact an attorney to discuss legal options for recovering compensation if another motorist caused your injuries.
Work with a Charlotte Personal Injury Attorney
When an injury caused by the fault of another motorist leaves you facing high medical bills, lost wages because of the time you had to take off work to recover, and other expenses, consider filing a personal injury claim to seek compensation. With help from our team of personal injury attorneys at The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor, P.C., you can learn more about what steps you need to take and have a better chance of obtaining a favorable resolution of your claim. We take claims from all of North Carolina, including but not limited to Asheville, Gastonia, Statesville, and Boone. Contact us today to schedule your free legal consultation with us.