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The importance of prompt medical care following a car crash

If you are the victim of a car crash, you could have a serious injury without realizing that anything is wrong.

You might even walk away from a minor collision wanting nothing more than to go home and relax. However, it would be far wiser to seek prompt medical care.

The role of adrenalin

The human body is not designed to withstand the brutal impact of a car crash. The body reacts by releasing chemicals such as adrenalin, which can hide pain and injury temporarily. As a result, the symptoms of an injury may not appear for hours if not days after the crash. For example, headaches, dizziness, blurred vision or trouble concentrating are among the symptoms of possible brain damage. This could be as mild as a concussion or as serious as TBI—a traumatic brain injury.

The discovery of underlying injuries

Even if you feel OK after a vehicle crash, you should see a doctor in case you have underlying injuries. An early diagnosis can prevent further complications and you can begin treatment promptly. Your doctor will prepare a medical report that includes the diagnosis and treatment plan. Equally important, the report will tie any injury you have directly to the car crash.

The insurance company view

If another driver’s negligence was responsible for your injury, you have a right to insurance compensation. However, insurance companies want to protect their bottom line. An agent may offer a lowball settlement or even try to deny your claim altogether. Remember the importance of including that medical report when you file. An advocate working on your behalf can negotiate full and fair compensation to cover your medical expenses, lost wages, property damage and more.