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Can adrenaline mask injuries from a car accident?

The human body responds to stimuli in varying ways. A car accident creates an incredibly stressful environment, which may cause your body to release adrenaline or epinephrine, the stress hormone. Your body produces adrenaline to keep you focused and to protect you from harm.

Adrenaline does not take away the pain. Instead, it distracts you from feeling pain temporarily. Because the adrenaline rush heightens your senses and abilities, you feel highly capable of overcoming the harmful situation. You may even feel invincible due to the surplus of hormones and emotions.

An adrenaline rush can be harmful

In Arizona, all persons involved in the collision must remain at the crash scene unless they need immediate medical attention. Law enforcement officers and paramedics will arrive at the area and ask if you sustained any injuries from the accident. While an adrenaline rush can be a useful pain reliever, it can also make you believe you are okay when you are not.

You end up refusing the offered treatment or medical care even though you could have serious internal injuries with delayed symptoms. For this reason, you should always seek medical care after a motor vehicle collision.

Who will cover the medical expenses?

One reason people avoid going to the hospital after an accident is that they are afraid to pay. However, Arizona uses a pure comparative negligence system that allows any person to recover compensation for damages they incurred in a motor vehicle accident regardless of who is at fault. Your medical records will be useful to your personal injury case.

It is imperative that you prioritize your health and safety more than anything else. The human body is strong, but it is not invincible.


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