If you are the victim of a minor vehicle crash, you may walk away feeling like there is nothing wrong with you other than jangled nerves.
However, you should seek medical attention promptly. First, you could have an underlying injury. Second, a medical report provides essential information when filing a claim for compensation.
Keep in mind that the body is not prepared to deal with the shock of sudden impact. However, the jolt caused by a collision releases chemicals that can temporarily mask pain and injury symptoms. Therefore, even if you have no symptoms following a car crash, you should not delay in seeking medical attention because you may have an injury that is not readily apparent. For example, if you have a brain injury, symptoms such as a headache, dizziness or trouble with concentration may not show up for hours or even days after the accident. You may not know about damage to your spinal cord until a doctor examines you. These are only two examples of serious injuries that may escape your notice immediately after a crash.
The value of a medical report
Your well-being is your top priority, of course, and that is reason enough to see a doctor. Also, your doctor will write a medical report, which can tie any injuries you may have directly to the crash. This is important when the time comes to file for insurance compensation. Insurance companies often attempt to lowball a settlement or even deny a claim altogether. The medical report will put a stop to any notion that your injury could have occurred in some other way, and your attorney will use it in ensuing compensation negotiations.
As the victim of a vehicle crash, you may have many questions about your rights and your eligibility for insurance compensation to help with your medical expenses and more. Do not hesitate to seek legal guidance. While you concentrate on recovering your health, your advocate will work on your behalf to obtain a full and fair financial settlement.