There can be two main reasons why you may decide not to seek medical treatment after a car accident. One reason is that you simply are not feeling a significant amount of pain or discomfort. Any pains you are experiencing you may believe are only temporary and will go away soon since you are moving around. The other reason may just be because you don’t want to go through the hassle of visiting a doctor and filling out forms. By avoiding treatment, you may even be trying to convince yourself that the accident wasn’t that bad. Whatever the reason, avoiding medical attention after an accident could negatively impact a potential legal case.
Injuries are not always obvious or immediate
One thing that happens with a car accident is that it gets your adrenaline going. Accidents can cause intense situations where there is a heightened number of hormones surging in your body. What this does is easily mask any injuries or symptoms of larger problems for extended periods of time that can stretch days or even weeks. These injuries can include:
- Whiplash – A whiplash occurs when there is a sudden forward and back motion of your head because of a sudden stop of your vehicle due to a collision. A whiplash can involve muscles, nerves, soft-tissue and even bone. Whiplash injuries are notorious for taking time to be felt strong enough for the person to act. However, a doctor can identify whiplash damage right away.
- Concussion – This type of injury has been in the news a lot lately, mostly due to sports related injuries. Concussions are dangerous because they are caused when the brain gets slammed into the inside of your skull. You may have heard of athletes returning to games after having concussions but suffering its effects later, this is the same scenario for car accident victims. There is no reason to have the pain appear later when you can get it diagnosed immediately.
- Back injuries – Those minor pains you feel after an accident that you ignore can easily turn into a debilitating injury when it involves your back. What is worse, if you do not seek treatment right away, the pain has a way of lingering for a long time.
The above injuries are just the most common people may endure after an auto accident. Other injuries can include fractures or internal bleeding. Once you have seen a doctor, you should consult with your attorney to discuss if you are entitled to any compensation for your injuries.