Can Brain and Spine Injury Symptoms Show Up Right Away?

After a car crash or any accident, you may not experience brain and spine injury symptoms until some time later. Often, adrenaline masks these serious injuries, and so a victim may not begin to feel pain and/or other symptoms until he or she has a chance to calm down. In this video, attorney Jessica Applegate Edmonds explains her experience with this delay in symptoms for spine and brain injuries, and discusses why prompt medical treatment is therefore important.

Video Transcription

Brain, neck and back injuries don’t typically show up right away. What I would say—really the only injuries that show up right away would be broken bones. Scratches. Contusions. Things like that. But injuries in the back and the spine. Typically, you know, you might not feel that right away. And if you do, it might not be caught right away. And those injuries, obviously, get worse as you go on. Because it’s injured and you haven’t gotten treatment for it. So, it’s just so important to get medical treatment if you’ve been involved in a car accident. A lot of times—and I see it in probably 95% of the cases that I work on—your injury doesn’t come until after you settle down. And after you sit down and kind of realize what just happened. When the adrenaline leaves, you kind of start feeling the pain. If you go to the hospital, they can address that. They can do diagnostic tests to make sure that you’re okay. And it marks that you’ve tried to receive treatment for your case. To speak to somebody about your injury, call 1-888-WE-FIGHT.