If you have read anything about personal injury law, then you have likely learned that some injuries do not show up right after an accident. In fact, some accidents take hours or even days to show up. Why is this? Keep reading to find out, and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 if you require a free legal consultation.
Fight or Flight Explains Much of It
A large part of the issue is that when a person has a stressful experience, they often have a biological response that is known as fight or flight. The body does this to protect itself from trauma. It begins by releasing a surge of adrenaline that is there to support the person either in a fight or flight from the danger.
The adrenaline surge serves many useful purposes, including increasing energy, reducing perceived pain, increasing the flow of oxygen caused by dilated blood vessels and airways, improving vision and hearing, and increasing blood flow to the muscles to help make a person temporarily stronger.
In addition to adrenaline, endorphins are also released. They help some people feel calmer, which can be helpful when dealing with situations of pain and stress, such as a car accident.
The Importance of Seeing a Doctor Right After a Car Accident
Because adrenaline and endorphins can hide the symptoms of an injury, it is important to get immediate medical care. If you do not, you risk two things. First, you risk your own safety because you might be suffering from a potentially serious injury that requires immediate medical care.
Second, you will be risking your ability to receive damages for your injury. Why? Because if you do not go to the doctor right away, the attorney for the insurance company is likely to say that you must not have been as injured as you say you were, or you would have gone to the doctor right away.
Even if they agree that your injuries are serious, they have room to try and convince a jury that it cannot be proven that your injury occurred during the accident. They might claim that the injury could have occurred between the date of the accident and the date that you finally went to the doctor.
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If you are ready for a free legal consultation, we invite you to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000. We will go over your case, consider the evidence you have, and find the best way forward. Call us now, and let us get started working for you right away.