Why should anyone involved in a car or vehicle crash seek immediate medical care after an accident? It is quite natural for most people to begin to internally reassure themselves in the aftermath of an accident that they are “ok”, that they are not injured. It is not uncommon for injury victims to decline transportation to the hospital after an accident. “It’s just bumps and bruises,” they tell themselves. “I’ll be ok.” That may be so, but at least visit an urgent care or see your primary physician within 24 hours of accident.
The next natural instinct is to reassure family, friends, co-workers and others that one is “ok” after an accident. This is not in your interest, and after more than 40 years of experience working with injury victims I can tell you to immediately seek medical care or evaluation after an accident of any impact whatsoever. The forces in an accident twist areas of your body in many direction. While you may not have suffered broken bones, it is quite possible that your body has absorbed quite an impact and the results may not show up for weeks, or even months. People who are walking around after an accident may find themselves unable to move at all within just a few weeks, as the soft tissue in their back and neck reacts to the stress and presents the victim with symptoms.
Concussion victims often decline transport, and may not seek medical care. Soon after, the family of these victims start to notice changes in their behavior. They are quickly irritated when their thoughts are interrupted, and tasks that used to be simple become quite challenging to complete. These symptoms may take quite some time to fully manifest, and by the time you and your family realize that these events are the direct result of the car accident it is often too late.
The insurance company declines your claim. “Did you not tell your boss, your mother and father, your co-workers, the people in your club, and your friends that you were ok?” the adjusters and their attorneys will ask? “Did you seek treatment after the accident?” If the answer is no, you may have inadvertently created an unnecessary legal challenge for yourself.
Our advice is simple: Always seek immediate medical care after an accident.
If you are involved in a car accident, seek medical treatment or at least an examination as immediately as possible – even if you feel “ok.” It creates a base line. Your doctor may find things that your body has yet to present you with, and can help to diagnose symptoms of concussion, soft tissue damage, pinched nerves and other painful symptoms that will interrupt your life, cause you to miss work, while resulting in pain and having to endure a recovery.
If you have suffered an injury in a car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle or pedestrian accident we invite you to call for a free consultation at (949) 305-1400. Review the words of of our clients and the recommendations of the legal industry. We are not here to create fictional injuries and settlements – we are here to protect those who have been genuinely injured in an accident and help them to justly recover for their losses, and to have the resources to regain their full strength when possible, and move forward with their lives.