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From the moment you make a sudden turn, a harsh movement, or see a car headed straight for you, it feels like time begins to move slowly. A car accident is a traumatizing event both physically and mentally. After a car accident, there are rightfully numerous things crossing through the brain. Things like, am I hurt? Is the other person hurt? What happened? Am I going to get in trouble? It gets more complicated if the driver was a commercial driver and if the injuries aren’t immediately noticeable.

That may sound weird. Why wouldn’t the injuries be noticed right after they were sustained? Well, there are a couple of reasons. There are also proper ways to handle those circumstances, including working with a personal injury attorney, which we will go over in this article.

Why Would Injuries Not Show Up Right Away?

Thanks to endorphins and adrenaline, the immediate damage following a car accident isn’t always noticeable. The possible near-death experience of the accident could cause your body to mask an injury. Thanks to the adrenaline, although you may feel fine after the accident, it does not mean that you are.

Types of Post-Accident injuries

There are a number of injuries that could happen to a person or persons after a car accident. There are soft tissue accidents, concussions and, of course, broken bones.

Soft tissue accidents are damages to things other than bones. Tears in tendons, muscle damage and internal bruising are types of soft tissue damage. These are difficult to notice because soft tissue injuries aren’t noticeable through x-ray.

Concussions are caused when enough force is exerted upon your body that it causes your brain to literally shake and collide with your skull. Your skull is designed to protect your brain, and that it does. However, in a car accident, having your body jerked forward or shaken by opposing forces could result in a concussion. Concussions definitely have the tendency to creep up on the body, since the symptoms on many occasions can be difficult to notice.

It obviously will not take very long to determine if you have sustained broken or fractured bone injuries. In some cases, adrenaline won’t even stop someone noticing a broken bone. If your arm can’t move, or looks like it is misshapen in some way, the bone is probably broken. This will be accompanied with extreme amounts of pain.

Contact a Personal Injury Attorney

After a car accident, there will be things that are required to be signed by you from the insurance company and the other driver’s insurance company, as well. You don’t have to sign those things right away. It is recommended and is best for you to get checked by a professional to examine if your body has gone through trauma that has gone unnoticed.

If you wait to sign any release or statements until after you are evaluated by a doctor or professional, there is still an opportunity for those injuries to be taken care of from the insurance company. However, if you sign the release beforehand, there is no chance that those newly sprouted injuries can be taken care of by the insurance. For all further questions and legal assistance, Lewis & Keller will be there every step of the way to answer all questions.

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