After a car accident, things can be confusing and chaotic. With everything going on and the adrenaline pumping through your body, you may not think you suffered serious injuries.
You may also think it is normal to feel disoriented, stiff and sore after an accident occurs. Unfortunately, if you don’t seek medical treatment, you may not realize a more serious injury has occurred. You should not put off medical care after a car accident for several reasons.
The potential of more serious injuries
Did you know restricted motion and soreness may indicate a soft tissue strain or sprain? If this happens, the pain won’t go away. It will only get worse until you seek treatment.
You may also experience more serious injuries that don’t present symptoms immediately. One example is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). A concussion is a mild TBI but can lead to serious complications without treatment. By seeking medical care after an accident, you can avoid complications.
Putting off medical treatment can impact your claim for compensation
You may face issues if you put off medical treatment after a car accident but later file a personal injury claim. For example, the insurance company for the at-fault party may claim your injuries aren’t as serious as you claim because you waited to seek medical treatment. This can make it difficult to get the full (or any) compensation you deserve.
Protecting your health and rights to compensation
After a car accident, it’s essential that you take time to seek medical care, even if you feel fine. If you don’t, you may experience issues filing a legal claim. Getting medical care will help ensure you get the compensation you are entitled to after a car accident.