Being involved in a car accident is a shocking and emotionally overwhelming situation because you don’t see the crash coming until it is too late. Your adrenaline is at its peak as you check on the other driver, assess the damage, and take the necessary steps to file a claim.
However, the adrenaline rush you experienced may mask the pain from internal injuries you suffered as a result of the collision. Whether you require emergency medical attention after a serious wreck or got into a minor fender bender without any serious injuries, you need to seek immediate medical treatment. Not only it is important to your health, but it is also a crucial part of the claims process.
The following are several reasons why you must see a doctor after a car accident:
You are unaware of the full extent of your injury – As we mentioned above, the initial adrenaline rush after a car accident can dull the senses and cause you to feel the pain of your injuries hours, days, or even weeks later. Your doctor will determine the severity of your injury and the proper treatment required to make the best possible recovery.
You may suffer further injury – Whether you suffered a neck, back, or head injury, any delay or failure to have a doctor examine your condition can cause the injury to worsen, which can lead to more extensive treatment and increased medical expenses.
No evidence proving your injury – Not only can your doctor determine the extent of your injury, but he/she can also provide medical documents, including x-rays and MRI results, that can be used as evidence in your claim. Additionally, your medical documents also show how much compensation you require to recover from injury.
You may lose your settlement – Insurance companies will do whatever it takes to either reduce the amount of compensation you deserve or deny your claim entirely. If you fail to immediately receive medical care following a crash, the insurer may claim that your injury is either not that serious or does not exist.