Car accidents happen all the time. And while most people walk away with nothing more than bruises and emotional trauma, some car wrecks can result in life-altering injuries. If you are involved in a car crash that is not your fault, you may be entitled to compensation for the resulting damages.
But while pursuing justice, it is equally important that you seek treatment for your injuries. While visiting the doctor or hospital after the crash might be the last thing on your mind, especially if you do not feel hurt, ignoring this crucial step can turn out to be a huge personal and legal mistake.
Here are two reasons why you should see a doctor ASAP after a car crash.
1. Your health is important
The moments following the crash are usually characterized by a surge in your adrenaline levels. Consequently, you may not experience any pain at all. As the adrenaline levels come down, which can take days, you may begin to experience excruciating pain, especially if you have internal trauma.
Seeking treatment immediately following the crash will help identify potential injuries so they can be treated in time before such injuries can become life-threatening.
2. Gather evidence for your case
A clear medical record that directly links your injuries to the accident in question can go a long way in building a strong personal injury claim against the defendant. Crucial information that your medical record will contain includes:
- The nature and extent of your injuries
- The type of treatment you received
- Any future care and treatment needs
Without clear medical records, on the other hand, you might have a difficult time linking the accident and, by extension, your injuries to the defendant.
A car accident can throw your life into disarray. Amidst the chaos, however, it is in your best personal and legal interests that you seek treatment as soon as you possibly can.