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What to Look for When the Adrenaline Subsides Post-Accident

Watch for these delayed symptoms after a car accident

The moments after an accident are filled with alarm, and adrenaline surges through your body, allowing you to function despite the stress. However, as that adrenaline fades away, your body starts to feel additional effects of the accident. You may have felt generally OK right after what happened, but in the hours, days, and weeks to come, your body will let you know just how it really feels. Sometimes these are minor aches, but some symptoms can signal more severe problems that need medical attention.

Bruises, Aches, and Pains

Your body went through trauma even if the accident seemed like a minor fender-bender. Once the “numbness” of the adrenaline goes away, you’ll notice every bruise you may have gotten as well as more aches and pains. If your back or neck starts to ache, you need to have a doctor check that out to see if you have a fracture or injured disk.

Abdominal Pain

If you start to experience abdominal pain, and you had some trauma to your abdomen (anything from the seatbelt being jammed into your gut to you being flung up against the steering wheel, and more), you may have internal bleeding. If your pain is not obviously due to something else, see a doctor immediately.

“Pins and Needles” or Numbness

If you have unexplained numbness or tingling in your arms or legs, you might have spinal cord or nerve damage. That’s something you need to go to the emergency room about because you do not want the injury to get worse and leave you paralyzed.


Most people are familiar with whiplash’s effect on the neck, but few realize that the same motion can cause traumatic brain injury. This happens when your brain slams against the inside of your skull. You must seek emergency treatment for this to maximize your chances of recovery.

If you’ve been in an accident and have been injured, your insurance payouts might not cover everything. That would require taking the other party to court. Contact Eisenberg Law Offices at (608) 256-8356 to speak with our attorneys.