You’re in a fender bender and you don’t feel any pain or discomfort. It seems like a waste of time and money to go to the doctor. That’s actually a bad idea. You should always go to the doctor after an auto accident, even if you feel fine.
Why? Read on for the answer.
ADRENALINE AND ENDORPHINS
When you are in a car accident, your body gets jolted. This causes the body to move quickly into a state of alertness. The brain starts signaling for the production of adrenaline. This hormone helps the body react more quickly to stressful or dangerous situations.
At the same time, the brain also signals for the release of endorphins, a group of hormones that help the body manage electrical signals. They can interact with the body’s natural opiate receptors to reduce the body’s perception of pain.
When you are in an accident, your body gets flooded with adrenaline and endorphins. They can mask the symptoms of pain and injury. Over the course of a few hours, they start to subside. That’s when pain and aches from the accident can start to show up.
SOFT TISSUE INJURIES
Another issue that can occur during an accident is what is known as a soft tissue injury. A vehicle accident can involve a lot of force that may put a strain on the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the body. These soft tissue injuries sometimes don’t appear for days or weeks after an accident. Since they don’t show up on X-rays, they can be difficult to diagnose.
Seeing a doctor right after an accident is the smart thing to do. The doctor can do a thorough exam to identify any injuries you may have. The doctor can also advise you on how to monitor for soft tissue injuries and other issues that may come up in the days and weeks ahead.
Call the accomplished attorneys here at Sachs Law if you are ever in an accident. We can help you protect your rights to compensation for injuries.
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