Car accidents occur every single day in the United States. Since many collisions aren’t serious in nature, the individuals involved walk away with only minor vehicle damage and perhaps some cuts and bruises.
If you are ever in this situation, you may forgo visiting your doctor for medical treatment. Nevertheless, it is imperative to seek immediate medical attention after a crash. Whether it’s a fender-bender or a catastrophic accident, you want to ensure you are in perfectly good health—even if you don’t feel any symptoms.
Here are several reasons you should still see a doctor after a minor car accident:
- Adrenaline masks your pain – You want to make sure you don’t have any underlying injuries that do not have any noticeable symptoms because adrenaline and endorphins are released immediately after the collision. These two chemicals give your body a significant boost of energy which can block pain. So just because you feel fine, doesn’t mean that you are. Our bodies are not meant to endure impact at any speed, especially when there is no time to brace yourself.
- Your injuries could become worse – It is common for soft tissue injuries such as whiplash to appear days or even a few weeks after a crash. Before symptoms even begin to appear, a doctor can examine you and determine the full extent of your injuries. You will be given the proper treatment necessary including rehabilitation and/or medication to make a full recovery. On the other hand, letting time do the healing can worsen your injuries, resulting in more extensive treatment and increased medical costs.
- Medical records can be used as evidence in a personal injury lawsuit – If your accident and injury are caused by a negligent driver, you may be eligible to recover financial compensation from the at-fault party to pay for medical expenses and property damage. Medical records are needed to file a claim with the insurance company. Without them, the insurer can claim that your injuries aren’t serious or didn’t exist at all because you didn’t have the evidence proving your side of the story.
Not visiting a doctor right after a minor wreck can put your health and car accident claim in jeopardy. As the old saying goes, it’s better to be safe than sorry.