The human body is an amazing thing. By default, your mind and body strive for a pain free existence. Pain itself is an indicator that you are injured or sick. But we have all experienced pain well after the actual injury occurred, instead of at the time it happens.
This is all too common when you are injured in a motor vehicle accident. Let’s face it, no matter how it happens, a car accident is a scary, traumatic experience. Most times you are in a state of shock and your adrenaline is pumping strong. Your first thoughts are “am I ok??” – and then your mind immediately goes to “what happened here?” You get pre-occupied with the happening of the accident itself, the other parties involved, the property damage, and making sure that everything is under control following that overall chaotic event.
You are more worried about your car than your body at this point, and the police officers are asking questions and you are struggling to keep your mind focused. They ask you if you need medical attention, but you’re still shocked by the car crash and the resulting damage to your car, so you instinctively ignore your body and feeling numb, so you quickly say no, I don’t need an ambulance. Problem is, after the dust has settled and the initial accident investigation is over, you feel it. It may be a dull, throbbing pain or a sharp pain. It may progressively get worse as time goes on. The adrenaline has worn off and now you feel it. Uh oh, you’re injured.
This is especially true when it comes to neck and back injuries. If you fractured your arm, you would know it and there is no question that you were injured. But neck and back injuries don’t always manifest pain or discomfort instantly. Often there is a gradual onset and worsening. So, if you are involved in a collision, and you are feeling any stiffness, pain, or discomfort in your neck or back, you need to be examined by a doctor who can recommend the proper medical treatment before it gets worse. This is also important because it will allow the doctor to document your injuries close in time to the accident, so that there will be little question that the collision is the cause of your injuries, without any intervening causes.
Medical treatment can be daunting, especially when you are a person who doesn’t go to doctors often. This is an additional reason why it is important to have an attorney represent you if you are injured in a car accident. Your attorney will make sure that you are seeking medical treatment for your injuries and that your medical bills are getting paid. If you are in an accident and need more information or guidance, please contact the Law Offices of William S. Peck to discuss your options and to protect your rights.