How adrenaline can mask pain after an accident

On Behalf of | Feb 14, 2023 | Car Accidents

One thing that often happens when someone is involved in a car accident is that they experience an adrenaline rush. This is just one of the hormones that your body produces as part of your fight-or-flight syndrome. It can flood your system so that you are able to react and stay alert, even in a traumatic situation.

Of course, there are many cases in which this is very beneficial. Adrenaline has allowed people to get out of dangerous situations and survive events that were very likely to be fatal. But, if that event is a car accident, there is one major problem that it can cause. Adrenaline can mask the pain that you would otherwise feel.

Why is this a problem?

In some ways, this is certainly good, especially for those with severe injuries. But the issue is that some people will have invisible injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries or internal bleeding, and they simply will not know it because of the adrenaline rush. They will not feel the pain, and they will assume that they were not injured.

If this causes them to delay medical treatment or turn down care from the EMTs at the scene, that delay can allow the injury or condition to become far worse. Prompt medical care is important, and this is why even those who believe they aren’t injured should talk to medical professionals after a car crash.

It is true that medical care can be very expensive, however, so it is also wise to know how to seek financial compensation. This can help to cover the cost of medical bills, lost wages and much more. 

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