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Delayed Pain and Personal Injury


A car accident can be an incredibly distressing and upsetting event, not just mentally or emotionally but also physically. The body takes quite a beating in some collisions and the damage done isn’t often most readily seen.

In fact, quite frequently, people involved in an accident don’t immediately notice resulting physical trauma at all. Many notice very few (if any) symptoms and often choose not to see a physician after the accident. It’s extremely important, whether or not one is immediately aware of physical pain or trauma after a car accident, that you take certain precautionary measures to protect yourself from damaging outcomes that often result in these cases.

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Why It’s So Important to Always Seek Medical Attention After a Car Accident

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Have you ever played a rigorous game of football or tennis or soccer and felt fine throughout the whole game, only to feel excessive pain and stiffness the next day or even later? Oftentimes during competitive sports, your body is in an excited state and as such, it releases adrenaline and endorphins into your system that prevent you from feeling pain or even injury in some cases.

But once the excitement dies down, so does the release of these chemicals and the aches and pains come on with a vengeance. During a car accident, your body is often in a similarly excited state, releasing adrenaline and endorphins that can mask the pain of injury, so much so that you might feel you suffered no injury at all during the accident itself and might not even seek medical attention.

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Soft Tissue Injuries

Soft tissue injuries are very common in auto accidents. Soft tissue injuries are those suffered by areas of the body other than the bone. This includes bruising or lacerations or tears to muscle tissue or organs.

Sudden trauma like that experienced in an automobile collision is known to cause these kinds of injuries and they often show few symptoms at the time of an accident. When symptoms do show, they include swelling, pain and lack of mobility. But they can occur days (even weeks) after the injury.

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Car Accidents: Delayed Symptoms

When a car accident occurs, those involved often find themselves in a heightened state with endorphins and adrenaline kicking in at sometimes inordinate levels. Because of this, individuals may find themselves feeling more energy when they otherwise wouldn't and no pain when they otherwise would.

As a result, many times a victim of a car accident feels few or no symptoms directly thereafter. And symptoms don't become readily noticeable until their hormone levels return to normal.

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Automobile Collisions

Auto accidents can be one of the most traumatizing experiences you can ever go through.  Besides the obvious dangers that are present (injuries and property damages), one can truly get overwhelmed by the steps one needs to take after the accident.  Below is a short summary of what to do next…

1) Notify the police.  In Illinois, the law requires you to contact the police if there is anything beyond minor property damage or if someone is injured.  Be sure to ask the police officer how you can get a copy of the traffic crash report.

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