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The First 24 Hours After Your Accident: What Injuries May Appear

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Being involved in a car accident shakes everybody up, whether it is a minor fender bender or a major collision. If it has ever happened to you, then you know that one of the first things that you do is run a mental check on your physical self to determine whether or not you’re hurt. Barring any obvious and overt injuries, most people tend to shake off medical assistance, insisting that they are fine and that they just want to go home, or on to work or school: it’s a natural and deeply-ingrained tendency to shake ourselves off and say that we’re okay. Unfortunately, soldiering through is not always a good idea.

Even if you truly do think that you haven’t suffered any damage, medical experts will be quick to tell you that the way you’re feeling in the first few minutes or hours is not a good indication of whether or not you’ve been hurt. Not only does it take a while for some injuries, aches and pains to make themselves known, but there is also a counterbalancing impact — a surge of adrenaline — that may be masking pain. As experienced car accident lawyers, the law firm of Jonathan Perkins Injury Law strongly encourages you to seek medical attention after you’ve been in an accident, even if you think you’re fine. In the first 24 hours after your accident you may not realize you’re hurt, but then injuries may appear later, including:

  • Whiplash – Whiplash is often thought of as a minor and temporary injury, but its impact can stay with you for your entire lifetime. It is an injury to the soft tissue in the neck caused by being jerked either backward or forward. The problem with whiplash is that if it is not treated quickly and correctly, scar tissue can form that will leave you with pain for the rest of your life.
  • Low Back Pain – Low back pain is also something that can result from being thrown backwards or forwards, as well as from side to side. The pain generally comes from either a sprain or strain of the muscles and ligaments that support your back and joints lower down in your spine, or a herniation of the discs in your back. Once a person has suffered a lower back injury it can cause referred pain in other parts of the body, and significantly impact their ability to enjoy the same level of activity that they did before the injury.

Just because you aren’t bleeding or in some other way obviously injured does not mean that you’re not hurt. You do not need to worry that the medical staff will think less of you if you arrive without a broken bone or laceration – they are well aware that many internal injuries do not appear for days, weeks, or even months after a collision. They also know that serious injuries from an automobile accident can happen at very low speed, so it doesn’t matter how minor your accident may seem to you. Take the time to get checked out, and if you have suffered an injury contact the car accident lawyers at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers to learn more about the compensation you may be eligible to receive for your medical expenses and more.