When you’re involved in a low impact car accident and “feel fine” after the collision, it can be a difficult decision to go to the hospital. After all, you don’t have the time to sit in a hospital waiting room after you’ve just dealt with the police and gave them a report of the accident. However, seeking medical treatment after a crash — no matter how minor it seems — is of the utmost importance for many reasons. Here’s three.
1. You Really Could Be Hurt, Even If You Don’t Feel Injured
Often, the adrenaline that courses through the body after a car accident keeps injured individuals from really feeling their injuries. People who have been in car accidents have felt fine, only to look down and find that their leg was broken or they are bleeding from a significant wound that they didn’t notice before. Shock and adrenaline can make you feel as though you weren’t hurt at all, even though you might still be injured.
2. Some Injuries Are Serious or Life Threatening On the Inside
Not all injuries are readily apparent. Internal injuries, such as injuries to the organs or the brain may not be visible on the outside. For example, a closed head injury may cause bleeding or bruising to the brain, which requires urgent medical treatment and can only be diagnosed with a CT scan or an MRI. If you don’t “look” injured, you may still be hurt and need an examination and diagnostic imaging to discover internal injuries that could threaten your life.
3. You’ll Need Medical Records Later On If You Bring a Claim Forward
Should you decide to bring a claim forward for compensation later on, you must be able to show that you were injured and sought medical treatment as soon as possible following the accident. If you wait a few days, weeks, or months to go to the doctor for pain related to your accident, your claim may be denied on the basis that it wasn’t serious enough for you to seek treatment.
Even if everything checks out fine at the hospital after an accident, all you’ve spent is your time. However, if you don’t go to the doctor right away, you could be compromising your car accident case, your health, or both. If you or a loved one have been injured in a car crash, a lawyer can help. Contact Zink & Lenzi, Attorneys at Law today for more information by calling 530-895-1234.