You may walk away from a vehicle crash because you feel OK and do not appear to have any injuries. However, prompt medical attention is still advisable for two important reasons.
When a car crash occurs, your body may react differently than you expect. The body is not meant to absorb a violent impact, so it reacts by releasing chemicals such as adrenalin, which can mask pain and injury temporarily. Symptoms of an injury might not present themselves at the time of the accident, but you may feel the effects hours or even days later.
Given these facts, the main reason that you should seek medical attention after a car accident is obviously your well-being. You may have underlying injuries as a result of the car crash.
The second reason for prompt medical care concerns insurance compensation. If you’re the victim of a vehicle accident, you may need financial help.
Insurance companies want confirmation of the cause of your injuries. Your doctor will prepare a report that includes your diagnosis and treatment plan. Furthermore, this report will tie any injuries you might have directly to the accident.
A Medical Diagnosis Supports Your Insurance Claim
Even a minor accident such as a rear-end collision can cause serious injury. With the help of an advocate who can negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf, you have the right to expect maximum compensation. The funds should cover the repair to your damaged vehicle, your current and future medical expenses, lost wages, and more.
Call our office to discuss what else you need to do if you’ve been injured in a car accident.