Every year, there are approximately 6 million car accidents on U.S. roads. While not every car accident is catastrophic, each one has the potential to cause injury. Even if you don't feel any pain after you've been in an accident, it's in your best interest to see a doctor as soon as possible. Here are four reasons why a medical exam is recommended even after a "minor" motor-vehicle crash.
- You may have hidden injuries. One of the reasons why you might not be feeling any pain after a car accident is because of adrenaline. Adrenaline is what gives your body energy and delays the feeling of pain during a dangerous situation. Many people who don't have visible injuries may not feel pain until hours or days after their accident. You need a medical professional to check for hidden injuries and internal bleeding. In 2018 alone, there were up to 4.5 million medically-consulted injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents.
- You may have a concussion. While your doctor checks for sprains and strains, they'll also check to see if you have a head injury. Even if you didn't hit your head in the accident, the force of the crash can cause your brain to hit the inside of your skull. Concussions are common in both minor and major car accidents and it's important to catch them before they lead to serious problems. It can be easy to miss the symptoms of a concussion, which is why you need to see a medical professional after the accident.
- You need to maintain your medical history. Many people choose not to visit a doctor because they assume that minor injuries will heal on their own. Unfortunately, this isn't always true. Minor injuries can cause more problems later down the road, especially if they don't heal properly. A medical exam after a minor car accident helps to paint a fuller picture in your medical history. Your doctors will be able to refer back to your injuries if long-term health problems become an issue.
- It'll help your auto accident attorneys. When you get a medical exam after a minor car accident, you're officially documenting the injuries that were caused by the other driver for your auto accident attorneys. Medical bills can quickly ruin your financial security if they're not resolved by the insurance company of the at-fault driver. Medical documentation helps your auto accident attorneys build your personal injury case for the compensation you need to cover medical expenses, property damage, and more.
If you've been the victim of a car accident because of the negligent driving of another motorist, experienced personal injury lawyers can help. For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact the law offices of Garces, Grabler, and LeBrocq today.