After an auto accident, many people do not believe that they are injured. They may be able to get out of their cars and walk around. They may have discussions with the other driver or the police and not feel any pain. But later, they may notice that something is wrong; they may feel pain in the days that follow.
This is common in auto accidents and an unfortunate consequence of adrenaline rushing through a person’s body after an accident that hides the pain from their brain.
Mental Injury Can Occur During Auto Accidents, Even When There Is No Physical Injury
In addition to physical injury, there is also the possibility of significant mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder, following an accident. In one report that studied a husband and wife after a car accident that involved multiple vehicles, deaths, and serious injuries, the couple initially reported that they were not injured. But upon further analysis, both couple suffered from significant post-traumatic stress related to seeing individuals around them who had burned to death, and due to the fear that they might die.
In the report, one interesting result was that the husband and wife exhibited different responses to the accident and that they re-experienced their trauma in substantially different ways. For the woman, she had flashbacks and nightmares. She reported that she felt trapped and frozen. She could no longer work and had to sell her business after the accident. For the husband, he reported that he felt extremely aroused during the accident. The next day, he began experiencing nightmares and feelings of the accident reoccurring. He also became aroused when talking about the accident. His sleep was very poor and his concentration was impaired.
Both individuals, in the report, required significant medical treatment but did not show signs of their injuries while at the scene. Because of these types of issues and myriad other issues, it is important to seek medical attention if you have been involved in an accident.
Additionally, it is difficult, following an accident, to handle the stress of the accident along with the legal tactics that the insurance companies will attempt to use to settle your case for less than you should receive. As a result, you should always talk to an attorney after an auto accident so that your interests and your rights are preserved to the greatest extent possible.
If you have been involved in an auto accident, we welcome your call today to Law Offices of Keith Bregoff at (772) 492-8967 to discuss your case.