After an auto accident, it is not unusual to feel overwhelmed and stressed. If you feel fine after the accident, you may put off seeking medical treatment. Unfortunately, this may backfire in the future.
While no one wants to go to the doctor after an auto accident, you should seek treatment. Learn why here.
The possibility of delayed or hidden injuries
When you are involved in an accident (or any high-stress situation), your body’s “fight or flight” response is activated. This releases adrenaline through your body, which can mask aches and pains that indicate an injury.
If you put off treatment, a serious injury may have time to worsen and become life-threatening. Common examples of delayed or hidden injuries include whiplash, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and internal injuries (among others). Sometimes, these injuries can take hours, days or weeks to show symptoms.
By seeking treatment immediately after an accident, a doctor can run the necessary tests to determine what injuries you sustained and ensure you receive immediate treatment.
Receive documentation linking your injury to the accident
Another reason to seek immediate medical treatment is that you will have documentation of your injuries and their severity. This documentation can be used to link the injuries to the accident.
If you wait to seek this treatment, the insurance company for the at-fault party may claim that your injuries were not serious or are unrelated to the wreck. This can result in your compensation being reduced or denied.
Protecting your right to receive compensation
After an auto accident, it is smart to seek immediate medical treatment. This will ensure that your health is protected and that you have the needed documentation to receive the compensation you deserve.