Seriously injured car crash victims require emergency treatment. However, many people initially think they were not hurt. While minor soreness is not unusual, sometimes the pain does not go away. Symptoms of several conditions common in car accidents do not appear until 24 to 48 hours– or longer– after the collision. Soft tissue injuries such as whiplash may take several days to become apparent. The same holds for concussions, a minor traumatic brain injury.
A Los Angeles car accident lawyer at Salamati Law protects your rights while negotiating with insurance companies so you may receive the compensation you deserve. Most claims are settled, but we will go to trial if the insurance company does not agree to a reasonable settlement.
The Adrenaline Rush
After an accident, adrenalin rushes through the body. Accident victims may experience an increase in strength and energy. Even those with serious injuries may not suffer significant pain right away. The body also releases endorphins to assist in stress response. When the adrenaline and endorphins wear off, which may take several hours or more, the pain kicks in.
Impact on the Body
When you are in a vehicle, your body travels at the same rate as the car. When a collision occurs, you keep moving until something stops you– usually a seat belt or airbag. The impact often involves the head, spine, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Keep track of any pain in case it worsens. Take notes and record the level of discomfort and its effect on your mobility. It is always best to have specific information should you pursue legal action.
Traumatic Brain Injury
If you lose consciousness even for a few seconds after a car accident, you may have a concussion– always have this checked out. Another sign of a concussion is out-of-character behavior. Victims sometimes do not realize they are acting strangely. It is often a relative or friend who notice changes in the person’s behavior, such as mood swings or irritability. Also, what first appears as a bump to the head could prove to be a life-threatening injury.
Further, after a car crash, it is wise to seek medical attention promptly, even if you think you escaped unscathed. You may find yourself with a reduced range of motion. Back and neck pain are obvious warning signs, but some signs are subtle, or you may not connect them with the crash at all. If you did not visit a doctor right away and experience any of the following symptoms, have an examination immediately:
- Prolonged headache
- Memory loss
- Constant nausea
- Excess fatigue
Car Accident Damages
Compensation, or damages, from a settlement or a car accident lawsuit may include:
- Medical expenses, current, and future
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
Failing to obtain medical treatment soon after the accident can affect your ability to receive damages.
Contact our team of Los Angeles Car Accident Lawyers
If you or someone you know was seriously injured because of another driver’s negligence, contact a personal injury lawyer at Salamati Law today. Fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation, or call or text us 24/7.
If a review of your claim shows there are grounds for a personal injury lawsuit, we will advise you of your options. We do all work on a contingency basis, so you pay no fee unless you receive compensation.