A car accident can leave you confused and traumatized. It can leave you hurt, too. Unfortunately, most people fail to seek medical treatment after an accident either because they do not feel “seriously” hurt, or they just believe they can tough out their recovery.
However, failing to seek medical treatment immediately following a car accident can be a costly mistake. While visiting the emergency room may seem like a time-consuming hassle, it is always prudent to err on the side of caution and get examined as soon as possible for the following reasons:
Your health matters
It is not unusual for adrenaline to surge immediately after a car crash. During those moments, the accident victim may not experience any pain. As a result, they may assume they are not hurt after all only to experience excruciating pain a couple of days or weeks down the road. This happens when they suffer delayed injuries such as internal injuries and concussions.
Seeking medical attention immediately can help identify these injuries and have them treated in time before you develop further complications.
You need evidence for your case
Having a clear record of your treatment appointments can serve as crucial evidence during your car accident lawsuit. Important information that will be included in your treatment record can include:
- The nature of your injury and how they are linked to the accident
- The type of treatments you received
- Documentation on your pain and suffering following the accident
- The cost of your treatment
It is important that you keep a clear record of your treatment sessions as well as the treatment costs and provide them in court during your car accident case.
It can be tempting to skip treatment following a car crash. Maybe you think your injuries are not serious enough or that the pain will go away on its own. If you are involved in a car accident, it is in your best interest that you see a doctor as soon as possible. That will help preserve your right to future compensation.