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What If My Injuries Don’t Show Up Right Away?

Car accident survivors suffer a number of issues that can’t be seen by the naked eye. Car accidents are major collisions that send the body into a state of shock. When the body enters this state, the nervous system pumps endorphins into the victim’s blood stream. Endorphins are hormones that relieve pain. If you have recently experienced a car accident, you may be noticing injuries that you didn’t feel before. This is because your body is leaving this heightened state and returning back to normal. The nerve or tissue damage you experienced during the car accident is becoming more pronounced.


Impact, penetrating, and soft tissue injuries are the most common damages. Impact injuries result from sudden impact with the vehicle. An example of this would be hitting your head on the steering wheel. Penetrating injuries are lacerations such as cuts and scrapes. Soft tissue injuries are torn ligaments or a sprained muscle. Hyperextension, a technical term for neck injuries, is another example of a soft tissue injury. Neck injuries are caused by the jerking motion of the head/neck area after a rear-end collision. The impact of the collision causes the neck to jerk forward but the body has no contact with the vehicle. Therefore, it is not considered an impact injury. However neck sprains can be very serious and they may result in surgery.

Another common injury is a concussion. Concussions are very serious because they can cause serious complications later on. Many people don’t realize that concussions are not always visible. You may experience symptoms days or weeks after a car accident.

Getting a Medical Professional

The human body takes time to heal so it is very important that you get medical help immediately following a car accident. Even minor fender-benders can leave you with injuries. A medical professional will be able to properly assess your condition. While in the emergency room, take pictures of your injuries and any areas that feel painful. Let the medical professional know about any aches you feel in your body. If you feel light-headed, request a thorough head examination. If the doctors notice anything unusual, they will request an x-ray. Be sure to keep all of your medical records from the emergency room visit. They will be very useful when you go to court.

Working with a Personal Injury Attorney

A personal injury attorney will be able to guide you through the process of car accident litigation. They will help you get justice for injuries you discover after the accident. Parrish DeVaughn attorneys proudly serve the Oklahoma City, Edmond, and Tulsa areas. Our team of lawyers specializes in personal injury lawsuits. They have recovered six-figure settlements for their clients. If you have a question regarding your injuries and you’re looking to pursue a case, give us a call. Skilled lawyers will be waiting to help you. You can even chat live with us on our website!  Call Parrish DeVaughn Injury lawyers today to get started.