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What causes a delay in symptoms after a car crash?

Karns & Kerrison

When you are involved in a car accident in Rhode Island, your first thoughts may not be about yourself. You may be worried about passengers or people in the other vehicle. You may be concerned about the damage done. Even right after the accident, you may still be focused on the financial aspects. As long as you feel fine right after the accident, you may dismiss any chance you could be injured and be quick to enter into an insurance settlement.

Insurance companies know this. They jump right on the chance to settle things quickly. One of the reasons is because you could experience delayed symptoms of an injury that could end up costing them more money.

According to Arrowhead Clinic, delayed symptoms are those that set in after the accident. They could show up within hours or it could take days. The reason you don't feel the pain or other signs of an injury right away is because they are blocked by the flow of adrenaline and other chemicals being released in your body. These chemicals help to give you energy and to fight through the initial danger of the accident, but once released, it takes time for them to dissipate. Once they are gone, you really begin to feel things.

You may have a headache, feel dizzy or experience pain. You could suffer from mental confusion, have trouble sleeping or blurry vision. These symptoms are all signs that you could be suffering from an injury, such as whiplash or a concussion. Both of these injuries can be quite serious if left untreated. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.


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