When you are involved in a car accident, you may feel fine right after. Even in more serious accidents, the adrenaline that is pumping through your body can mask pain and injuries.
However, what many people don’t realize is that injuries, aches, and pains can develop hours, days and even weeks after the actual collision. Because of the potential impact a car accident can have on your physical health and well-being, it’s important to know what to expect after a collision.
The possibility of delayed symptoms and pain
Signs and symptoms of injuries like spinal damage, concussions, soft tissue damage and whiplash can take several hours or even days to appear after your accident. Because of the seriousness of these injuries, it’s important to seek medical care, even if you feel fine right after the accident. A doctor can detect these injuries even if you don’t feel pain or discomfort and ensure you get the proper treatment to keep them from becoming more serious.
Never ignore minor signs of pain
In the days or weeks after a car accident, any type of abnormal feelings you experience like pains, aches or even twinges that are “weird” should not be ignored. At the first sign of symptoms or pain, you should be checked out by a doctor. Some people don’t think their back or neck pain is serious because they were involved in a minor accident; however, this isn’t always true.
Protecting your health after a car accident
You can experience several injuries because of a car accident. They aren’t always immediately noticeable, so it is a good idea to be checked out by a doctor as soon as possible. This will also help you protect your ability to recover compensation from the at-fault party in an accident.