It happens every day. People travel to work and suddenly out of nowhere they hear a loud sound, feel a slight push and then a short jolt to the body. They now realize that someone hit them from behind. They exit the vehicle to take a look at their vehicle and other than minor rear-end damage it looks intact. The police arrive, the drivers exchange information and then they head off to work. Since the driver who received the hit from behind feels fine, with no signs of pain present, they dismiss going to the hospital to get a full check of their body.
Unfortunately, not all injuries appear immediately after an accident. For this very reason, you need someone with experience in personal injury cases like Steven Schwartzapfel, who can assist you every step of the way to ensure you get the proper treatment, reimbursement for medical expenses and monies for your pain and suffering.
Adrenaline, Your Bodies Defense
Immediately following a traumatic episode such as a car accident, your body goes into stress mode releasing adrenaline. For several hours after, the body remains on high alert. However, once the hard is down you may start to feel signs of wear and tear that occurred as a direct result of the incident. If you did not seek medical attention right away and dismiss the minor aches and pains that are now present you may cause more harm to your system. Low-impact auto accidents can cause serious injuries to the body that often go undetected, due to the fact that many dismiss it because they have no visible signs
Possible Damage to the Body
While a minor accident may not leave behind any visible signs of damage such as a cut or bruising, a fast jolt to the body and a temporarily stabilized neck cause injuries to the neck, back, and shoulders. Soft tissue and nerve damage are common injuries often associated with low-impact rear-end collisions. And, unfortunately, the person hit from behind often dismisses the possibility of sustained injuries because they feel fine. However, left untreated, someone may experience a lifetime of pain and suffering due to a herniated disc, joint or ligament damage or a slight misalignment of the spine.
Common Injuries Often Sustained
Some of the most common types of injuries a person can sustain after a minor rear-end collision include whiplash, a concussion, and soft-tissue damage. Once the adrenaline rushes through the body to protect it from harm, it delays you from experiencing the actual pain, as a direct result of the accident, for a few hours or even a few days. When the body returns to its normal state you may start to feel joint stiffness, muscle fatigue, impaired vision, a severe headache and tightness in the shoulders, neck, and back that can limit your mobility.
Seek Medical Attention
You feel extremely lucky to have just minor damage to your vehicle and return to your day as if nothing happened. Unfortunately, the pain doesn’t manifest until later that day or possibly even a day or two. Without seeking medical attention you may now have serious injuries developing that can have a long-term impact on your quality of life. To even further compound the problem, by not going to a doctor within hours after an accident it can also affect your ability to recover lost monies due to medical expenses, time off work and your chronic pain. If you are in an accident, no matter how minor, it’s best to let a professional give your body a complete checkup especially to the subjective areas prone to injury. You should also see a doctor quickly after any type of accident so that if something surfaces, you have the paper trail to seek reimbursement for the monies paid and can receive additional funds for future treatments or surgeries required and your reduced quality of life.
An auto accident is nothing to dismiss, no matter how low-pact. In order to ensure that you can acquire the funds for possible long-term treatments, you should always visit the emergency room or your doctor within a few hours of an accident.