You were involved in a car accident but didn’t feel as though you have sustained any injuries. Because you felt just fine, you told emergency responders you did not want to be transported to the hospital and never took yourself to get checked out. You could have made a mistake. Here are some of the reasons that medical care is necessary after a car accident.
1. Discovery of Injuries
Most people have a misconception that injuries sustained during a car accident will be immediate and apparent. This is not always the case. When you are involved in an accident, your adrenaline spikes, often masking symptoms of less obvious injuries.
By seeking medical attention, even if you don’t believe you sustained an injury, you may be alerted to issues you weren’t aware of. A medical professional can give you a thorough examination and tell you if you really are okay or if you have sustained injuries that require intervention and treatment.
2. Medical Advice
When you seek medical care, the doctor or other staff will provide advice on taking care of yourself following your accident. They may make recommendations regarding follow-up care, home treatment options and even provide referrals to specialists.
When you fail to seek medical advice following a car accident, you could be limiting your ability to file a lawsuit for compensation. Even if you have injuries that don’t show up for days or weeks following the accident, the fact that you did not seek immediate medical treatment will likely be used against you in court.
3. Faster Recovery
When you seek medical treatment right away, you are able to undertake prescribed courses of treatment sooner. This means that you will be on the road to recovery faster than you would be should you choose to not seek medical attention. This is especially the case when a medical professional is able to diagnose a condition you weren’t even aware of. Diagnosis and treatment are important in the case of any injury, but especially those sustained in a vehicle collision.
Even if you think that you aren’t injured in a car accident, it is important to have a physical examination and let a trained professional tell you that you are healthy and well. When you delay attention and diagnosis, you also delay your treatment which means that you could be feeling unwell longer than necessary. Remember that a car accident does not always result in broken bones and other obvious injuries.
If you have been injured in a vehicle collision in Charlotte or on any of the other very busy roads in North Carolina, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and more under current state law. Reach out to our team of auto accident attorneys for a free case evaluation to discover the damages you may recover. We will review the details of your accident, including any vehicle damage or injuries sustained, and advise you of your legal options. Call today to schedule your consultation.