After a minor vehicle crash such as a rear-end collision, many victims opt to go straight home without visiting a doctor.
If you do not appear to have injuries, why should you seek medical attention? What can you expect in the next 48 hours?
Neck injuries are common in vehicle crashes, especially for the victim of a rear-end collision. The impact will cause your head to jerk forward and backward violently, straining the neck and possibly leaving the cervical spine damaged. Shoulder injuries are also common, especially fractures. The shoulder is a complex joint and a fracture might affect multiple areas. After a vehicle crash, you could also suffer a brain injury. The impact of a collision can cause the brain to move and connect with the skull causing bruising at the very least.
At the time of a car crash, the body releases adrenalin and other chemicals, which can temporarily mask pain and injury. For example, symptoms of a brain injury include dizziness, nausea, confusion and difficulty concentrating. These might not appear for up to 48 hours after the vehicle crash. Therefore, even if you feel fine after a collision, you should seek immediate medical attention. Your doctor can discover any underlying injury and begin treatment to prevent more serious complications down the road.
The medical professional you visit will write a report that includes your diagnosis and links any injuries you might have directly to the accident. It is important to include this report when filing your claim for compensation. While you focus on healing, an advocate can negotiate for a fair settlement on your behalf to cover your medical expenses and more.