Did you know that car accidents are a common cause of pain, both chronic and incident-specific? Even if you don’t feel like you were injured in the accident, stiffness and soreness can show up later and last for a long time. Here’s what you need to know to understand your pain and make sure the expenses associated with your treatment are covered by insurance.
Pain May Not Show Up Right Away
So you’ve been in a car accident but you feel fine? Many types of pain won’t show up until several days or even a week later. If you go to your insurance company at that point, they may try to deny that the accident caused your injury. That’s why it’s important to see a doctor right away after a car accident. This allows you to get testing and imaging done early, so the doctors can diagnose the damage to your body and make a record of it before you make any claims.
You may not feel the pain right away because, in a stressful situation like a car accident, your body releases chemicals that mask pain. Chemicals like endorphins and adrenaline are designed to help you get out of a dangerous situation without letting pain stop you, so you may not feel much at all until these wear off.
In addition, soft tissue pain, like whiplash, back pain, and neck pain, may not show up until after the affected areas have had a chance to inflame or swell. These may not show up at the scene of the accident, but instead will make themselves known within the next couple of hours or days.
Similarly, head injuries can take some time to develop. If the brain is swelling, you may experience headaches, nausea, dizziness, vision problems, difficulty thinking, and more. While adrenaline may get you past these symptoms at the scene, head injuries are nothing to joke about. Get checked out right away to find out if you have one of these injuries and to get medical attention for it quickly.
Chronic Pain and Your Lawyer
If you’ve been injured in an auto accident, it is time to hire a personal injury lawyer. Your car accident lawyer will make sure that all of the medical attention you have to seek because of your accident gets paid for. They will fight for you when you are too tired, or too sore, to fight for yourself.
A car accident attorney can be particularly useful if you suffer a head injury. These injuries can make it hard for you to think clearly for quite some time and it may be a relief to know that your lawyer is handling all of the thinking for you. Similarly, if you end up with chronic pain issues, it can be nice to know that you don’t have to use your valuable energy dealing with one or more insurance companies.
At Larson & Larimer, we can be your personal injury lawyer. If you’ve been in an accident and were injured, call us now!