No one plans on being involved in an accident when they get into their vehicle, but it happens to thousands of people every day. When the accident is serious, those involved in the crash seek medical care. Some victims aren’t conscious and able to make this decision, but some accident victims assume because they don’t appear physically injured they’re fine and not in need of medical care. This is a grave mistake. If you’re involved in an accident and wondering whether you should seek medical attention despite being fine, think again. There are numerous reasons it’s imperative you see a doctor following even the most minor accident.
In many instances, the injuries you sustain during a car accident are not felt for several days. These are often referred to as latent injuries, and they’re dangerous. The shock of the accident sets in first, and you don’t feel the pain due to that and the adrenaline that accompanies it. When this occurs, you feel nothing pain-related for some time.
Muscle injuries are those that begin later. If you suffer from whiplash, for example, you won’t feel it for at least a day. Most accident victims wait until they feel some pain from their accident before they seek medical treatment, and sometimes that’s too late. While there’s usually nothing wrong with waiting to seek medical treatment after a minor accident or injury, sometimes it’s the worst thing you can do for your health.
Symptoms Mean More Sometimes
You wake up the morning after an accident with a severe headache. You brush it off as stress. You were just involved in an accident. Your entire day was ruined because of it, you spent time standing on the side of the road while you wait for the police to arrive, you give a statement, you find a ride home, you pick up a rental car, and you’re going to spend ample time on the phone with insurance companies. You’ll drive a rental car, you have no idea how much this accident is going to cost you, and you’re stressed. Of course you have a headache this morning.
The problem with this assumption is sometimes it’s more. Yes, you’re stressed and suffering as a result. In some cases, stress isn’t the cause of the symptoms you feel. Sometimes it’s a symptom of a larger problem, such as a head or neck injury. It’s a prime example of precisely why you need to have your symptoms checked out by a medical professional long before your symptoms have time to manifest and become worse.
The Bottom Line
If someone hits your car, it doesn’t matter how severe or minor it is. It’s time to seek medical attention. When you find out you’re injured before it becomes painful, you’re already ahead of the game. If you’re fine, at least you know there’s nothing wrong down the road. Many serious injuries are not visible, and they don’t manifest for a few days. If you have internal bleeding or an organ is damaged, you want to know right away to have it repaired. The longer you wait, the harder it is to recover from an injury.
Don’t wait. Call your doctor or allow the medics at the scene of your accident check you out. They have good intentions, and it’s always beneficial to know what you’re working with. Always choose safety and security first. If you have a lawsuit on your hands, you’ll want to begin seeking treatment for injuries right away. Don’t wait to see the doctor, because you never know.