If you are able to walk away from a vehicle crash, you may not believe you sustained any injuries.
However, it is important to seek prompt medical care since symptoms of underlying injuries may not appear for hours, even days after the crash.
Effects of a collision
The impact of a crash, even one as minor as a low-speed rear-end collision, takes a significant toll on the body, sometimes in the form of a serious injury. However, the violence of impact causes the body to release chemicals like adrenalin, which are capable of masking pain and injury temporarily. As a result, some accident victims do not experience symptoms immediately.
Need for early diagnosis
It is essential for the victim of a vehicle crash to see a doctor as soon as possible since there could be underlying injuries. Neck, back and head injuries are common, even in minor collisions, and an early diagnosis will permit treatment to begin. Some injuries such as a concussion, which is a mild form of traumatic brain injury, can result in lifelong issues if not treated promptly.
Importance of medical report
Although your state of health is the primary concern following a vehicle crash, the doctor’s medical report is also important when the time comes for you to file a claim for compensation to cover your medical bills, lost wages and more. It is not uncommon for an insurance company to offer a lowball settlement or to deny a legitimate claim altogether. The medical report that accompanies your claim will link your injury directly to the vehicle crash and aid you in obtaining full and fair compensation.