I Was in a Car Accident, but Don’t Think I’m Hurt
After a car accident, you may hesitate to see a doctor. For instance, you may not feel hurt, or perhaps you may be worried about the expense of medical care.
However, if you were involved in an auto accident, nothing should prevent you from seeking the advice of a medical professional following the crash.
Some situations will require immediate medical attention, such as when a car accident victim loses consciousness, broken bones, burns, or substantial loss of blood or uncontrolled bleeding. Even if you initially feel fine, many injuries can develop hours or even days after the car accident occurs. Immediately following the car accident, you may also experience a rush of adrenaline that blocks the pain receptors and provides more energy and alertness while suppressing the seriousness of your car accident injuries. Later, once your adrenaline level stabilizes and you finally feel the pain, your potential car accident injuries may have already worsened.
However, if your injuries don’t appear to be life-threatening, you may not want to go to an emergency room and, instead, seek medical treatment at a clinic or your own physician’s office. This visit can possibly identify health complications or unnoticed injuries resulting from the accident. Again, if you wait to seek help until your symptoms are noticeable, the possible damage and your condition may have already worsened. The following are some common delayed onset car accident injuries.
Concussion or head trauma
Soft tissue damage
Anxiety and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Left untreated, many of these injuries can cause ongoing issues, medical complications, and even death.
Having a record of medical expenses is essential, and seeking prompt treatment will also establish the medical documentation you will need if you choose to file an accident claim later. Without the documented evidence, you could possibly be denied the compensation you rightfully deserve.
At JPattorneys we offer a free case evaluation, no obligation consultation. Once it has been determined that you have a case, we will work for you on a contingent fee basis. In other words, you don’t pay your personal injury attorney fees up-front. Instead, you sign an agreement to pay us a percentage of your settlement amount. You pay us absolutely nothing unless you recover.
**Many of our blog articles discuss the law. All information provided about the law is very general in nature and should not be relied upon as legal advice. Every situation is different, and should be analyzed by a lawyer who can provide individualized advice based on the facts involved in your unique situation, and a consideration of all of the nuances of the statutes and case law that apply at the time.