Shock and Adrenaline Can Hide Many Car Accident Injuries
After a crash, you may be shaken up in more ways than one. First, you’re hurting. You may have seriously injured your back, neck, hips, legs, and more.
Second, you’re reeling emotionally and mentally from the collision. Everything from the sound of squealing tires to the impact of the collision to the disorientation you experienced afterward can take a serious toll on you.
The psychological impact of a crash goes beyond just the mental aspect, too. Your brain and body may be overloaded with adrenaline, cortisol, and other stress-related hormones and chemicals for hours or even days after a crash. Those chemicals can make it more difficult to tell where and how severely you are injured, as they can mask pain, inflammation, and immobility.
It’s important to get checked out by a doctor right away after a crash. This helps link your injuries to the crash and prevent any internal injuries for getting worse. But because you may be in shock after a crash, you should schedule a follow-up appointment a few days later.
A follow-up visit can allow your doctor a chance to evaluate you more thoroughly and determine the full extent of your pain and disability when they aren’t being masked by adrenaline and cortisol. This diagnosis will be extremely important when it’s time to seek compensation for your medical bills and lost wages.