Not all Car Accident Injuries Seem Serious … At First
You may feel just fine after a minor car accident, but some injuries don’t present themselves until long after the accident occurred.
A car is an extension of ourselves. Most people feel very comfortable in their cars. A car accident is a sudden and disturbing event. It’s a violent invasion of your privacy. In the immediate aftermath of a car accident a person’s ability to self-assess is unreliable due to the stress of the collision. Many people, even if they’re aware of an injury, will minimize it when talking with the police or emergency medical professionals at the scene of the collision. People, especially when they’re injured following a car accident, just want to go home and take a nap.
I have had clients with very serious injuries following a car accident tell the police that they’re just “fine” and decline ambulance transport to the emergency room. It’s common for the injured party to wake up the morning following a collision, after a restless, painful night without sleep, and have a loved one drive them to the ER to get checked out. It is also true that, because of the adrenaline in your blood following a collision, you will not feel many soft tissue injuries. Injuries like torn ligaments and bruising start to hurt hours after a collision.
Concussion After a Car Accident
I have had clients sustain concussions without realizing it only to be diagnosed the following day. This is obviously very dangerous. Discharge instructions following a concussion diagnosis warn against sleeping or taking a nap because exhaustion following a head injury can be a symptom of a far more serious condition. After representing injured parties for sixteen years, if I were in a car accident, even a minor one, I would accept a ride in the back of an ambulance and get checked out at an ER because my ability to diagnose myself would be unreliable.
Contact Plaza Injury Law After Any Car Accident
Once you’ve made a police report and sought medical attention after a car accident, please contact Donovan Dodrill, a top-rated Kansas City personal injury attorney. He has helped hundreds of people across the country over the years. Contact him directly, or schedule a meeting to discuss your case.