You get involved in a car accident and, miraculously, you feel fine. The authorities come to the scene and talk to everyone, and they offer you medical care, but you tell them that it’s not necessary. Despite the fact that your car was totaled, you were not injured.
But is it possible to be injured and simply not know it? Could you be overlooking something serious that needs to be addressed?
The role of adrenaline
This can certainly happen, and part of the reason for it is that you’re going to be experiencing an adrenaline rush due to the accident. This can help to mask any other feelings that you may be having, including pain you may be feeling from the injury.
This reduction in pain can be good in some situations. For example, a soldier who gets injured may use the adrenaline rush to get back to safety. A mountain climber who gets injured in a remote area may be able to get to an area where they can call for help.
But in a routine car accident near a medical center, the adrenaline rush is just hindering you. It could mean that you go home instead of to the hospital, and then you don’t get treatment for a serious condition. One example could be if you have internal bleeding that has gone unrecognized. These conditions can get far worse if they’re not treated, and so it’s always wise to talk to doctors and let them examine you after a serious crash.
If it does turn out that you were injured, and someone else was responsible for the accident, you need to know what legal steps to take.