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The rush of adrenaline after a car crash may mask injuries

You read and hear stories all the time of people in Georgia and elsewhere doing amazing things after auto accidents despite suffering injuries. In times of great stress, the body releases adrenaline, which allows a person to keep going even when he or she is hurt. This rush of adrenaline may mask injuries experienced in a car crash so much so that an injured individual may forgo immediate medical treatment, which is not a good thing.

If you or a loved one were in a car accident, the simple truth of the matter is that the nature of your or their injuries may not be immediately apparent. They can take hours, days or even weeks to present themselves. Seeking medical attention soon after a car crash is advised for your health and well-being and for your legal standing — if you wish to pursue compensation for your losses.

How can I feel so good despite being injured?

Even in what seem to be relatively minor accidents, it is not uncommon for a person to suffer injuries. Those commonly seen include:

  • Broken bones
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Concussions
  • Whiplash

Stress-induced analgesia allows you to block out your pain immediately following a car crash. When in times of stress, the brain floods your bloodstream with norepinephrine. This hormone acts to numb the part of the brain that processes pain. This is why you may feel just fine, even if you have suffered an injury.

Do not wait too long to seek medical care

The human body is amazing. An adrenaline rush at certain times can push a person to do great things when he or she might normally give up. When that rush masks injuries for too long, though, it can be a bad thing. Do not let the stress of a car crash prevent you from taking care of yourself. Medical care may be vital to your recovery.

If you do choose not to seek immediate medical care following an accident, it should be sought at the first sign that something is wrong. If you wait too long to seek medical care, it may not be possible to say your injuries were the direct result of the car crash. If you opt to seek relief through legal means, this could hurt your case.

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