In the minutes after an accident, you’re probably in shock. As emergency vehicles arrive and you slowly take stock of the situation, it can be difficult to comprehend what has happened and how you are feeling. You’re probably feeling overwhelmed and adrenaline is surging through your body, meaning you can’t truly determine how you’re feeling or if you’ve been injured. The adrenaline prevents your body from fully sensing the state of your injuries.
So, while you may not feel any pain because of the adrenaline, don’t refuse medical attention and don’t ignore the recommendations from the emergency response team. You could have suffered a neck or back injury. Some neck and back injuries won’t present themselves for hours, while others might not appear until you wake up from a night of sleep.
Once the adrenaline wears off and you’re no longer in shock, you start feeling sore and injuries will begin to present themselves.
What should you do then? When your back hurts so much you can’t walk or move, or your neck hurts to move your head, what should you do?
- Always go see a doctor as a precaution after an accident. So, even though you feel fine, you may not actually be fine. All the adrenaline from the accident is keeping you from knowing if you’re hurt. You could also be overwhelmed or confused - signs that you might have a concussion.
- If you feel fine the day of the accident, but you’re in pain the next, go to the doctor as quickly as possible. Both for the good of your health and for any possible accident claim that may follow, you need to see a doctor as soon as you experience pain after an accident.
- Once you’ve seen your doctor, follow his or her orders. It is very important to follow the treatment plan for your injury as closely as possible. Again, this is not only important for your recovery, but it is a huge deal when you’ve filed a claim and are hoping to receive compensation for your injuries.
If you’re struggling with a neck or back injury after an accident, if you’re worried your case may be weak because your injury didn’t manifest itself until hours or days after the accident took place, then you should discuss your situation with an attorney who is board certified in personal injury cases and has experience in dealing with your situation.
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