Suffering an injury during an auto accident is extremely common for anyone unlucky enough to be involved in a crash. But due to fear of medical costs or just simply not having enough time in the day, some victims may delay or even forgo seeing a doctor after an accident.
Getting medical treatment as soon as possible after the crash is one of the most important things you and your loved ones can do for three reasons:
- It treats your existing injuries—You may be filled with adrenaline and other stress hormones after the crash. Those hormones can mask the symptoms of crash-related injuries, including pain and reduced mobility. Getting immediate treatment can prevent your injuries from getting any worse.
- It treats or rules out internal injuries—Auto accident injuries aren’t always obvious. Because of the forces that crashes generate on victims’ bodies, internal injuries can occur. Organs can be damaged during crashes, and symptoms may not show up for days. A full medical examination can rule out potentially life-threatening injuries.
- It creates proof that the accident caused your injuries—If you decide to file a compensation claim, the insurance company will want proof that the crash caused your injuries. Getting immediate medical treatment means you’ll have a medical record that can serve as valuable proof for your claim.