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Do I Need to See a Doctor After a Car Accident Even if I Don’t Feel Injured?

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Being involved in a car accident can not only prompt significant damage to your vehicle, but your body also has the potential to sustain serious harm as a result of a collision.

However, not everyone feels the pain of injuries from a car accident right away.

Continue reading to learn why it’s a good idea to seek medical care after an accident even if you don’t feel any pain.

It’s Common Not to Feel Pain

If you’re involved in a collision that prompts injuries, it may take some time for your body to send pain signals to the brain. You may be so distracted and stressed dealing with all of the sudden new information coming in that your brain is unable to process the pain at that moment.

When your body endures trauma, such as that from a car accident, there are physical responses that help you deal with the immediate aftermath of the incident.

One physical response is your body produces more adrenaline. When the adrenaline in your body increases, the following can happen:

  • Your heart rate increases
  • Your blood pressure increases
  • The air passages of your lungs increase
  • The pupils in your eyes enlarge
  • Your blood may be redistributed to your muscles
  • Your metabolism is affected in order to maximize blood glucose levels

In addition to increased adrenaline production, your body will likely also release endorphins. When this happens, the pain receptors in your brain are blocked. It’s for this reason that you may not feel the pain of your injuries for hours, days, or even weeks following the collision.

You Should See a Doctor Anyway

Due to the fact that your pain may be delayed, it’s always a good idea to seek medical care immediately after an accident. That way, your physician can check you out to make sure you didn’t experience any injuries that you don’t feel yet.

In addition to treating any unknown injuries you may have, it’s wise to see a doctor after a crash because the medical documentation provided can significantly help with your claim later on.

You see, if you don’t visit a doctor in the first few days after an accident, the insurance company may not take your injuries seriously. If that happens, it will be significantly more difficult to recover compensation for any medical care you need for your injuries.

If you’ve been hurt in a car accident through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation. Attorney Patrick D. Witherington of Witherington Injury Law is highly skilled in the area of car accident personal injury law and has helped many other people in similar situations achieve justice. Don’t delay—contact us with your case right away.

Call our experienced Nashville team at Witherington Injury Law today at (615) 697-6503 for a free consultation.

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