Being involved in a car accident can prompt many feelings—both physical and emotional. In our last blog, we discussed how accident victims can develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of an accident. Today, we’ll tell you what your body can expect after enduring the trauma of a car wreck.
Examples of Trauma
The following situations can cause you to endure trauma:
- Events that occur without warning
- Events that you weren’t prepared to handle
- Negative events that occurred repeatedly
- Events that made you feel powerless
- Events that left you with feelings of remorse without a prepared resolution
Trauma and Your Body
While it may be tempting to think of your physical and emotional trauma as two separate entities, the truth is, they’re very closely connected.
When you endure trauma, such as that from a car crash, it’s common for your brain to impact the way your body experiences that trauma. Your brain has the power to impact the following:
- Your response to pain
- Your ability to heal
- Your ability to feel rested and refreshed
Many injured accident victims don’t feel the pain of injuries for hours, days, or sometimes even weeks following a crash. When you’re in shock, your mind has the ability to block the physical pain that you feel in order to help you deal with the situation at hand.
Physical Symptoms of Trauma
The following are some physical symptoms of trauma:
- Night terrors and insomnia
- This can lead to fatigue and difficulty focusing
- Agitation and anxiety
- Especially in places that are unfamiliar to you
- A heightened startle reflex
- This can result in rage or further withdrawal
- Withdrawing from social situations or personal relationships
- Anger, rage, and mood swings
- Feeling numb or otherwise disconnected from reality and those around you
- Unexplained aches and pains
- Racing heart and elevated blood pressure
- Diabetics may experience out of control blood sugar levels
- Chronic health issues tied to stress
Seek Medical Care
If you’ve been involved in a car accident, it’s crucial to seek medical care right away. Since it can take time for you to feel the pain of your injuries, it’s very important to get medical attention as soon as possible following an accident.
If you were injured in a car wreck through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our office with your case right away to see how we can help.
Call Templeton Smithee Hayes Heinrich & Russell, LLP today. We represent clients in the Texas panhandle and Eastern New Mexico.