You were rear-ended at the red light a couple of days back. Your car was damaged, albeit “slightly.” You came out feeling just fine, talked to the other driver and reached a settlement. They paid for the damage and you both went your separate ways.
Most people are tempted to skip going to the hospital after a car accident. However, this can turn out to be a costly mistake. Not all car accident injuries are immediately noticeable following a car wreck. Here are two compelling reasons why you should always seek medical attention even if you do not feel hurt in the aftermath of a car accident.
You can never be sure of the extent of your injuries at a glance
The moments following a car wreck can be confusing, at best. Thanks to an adrenaline rush, you might not feel physical pain right away. This is how latent injuries like whiplash, concussions and internal hemorrhage go unnoticed until it’s too late. Seeking medical attention immediately better ensures that these potentially dangerous injuries are diagnosed and treated in time before they can escalate.
You’ll need evidence if you choose to hold the liable party accountable
Medical bills can quickly pile up after a crash. Seeking medical attention ASAP better ensures that your injuries are accurately documented. And with a clear paper trail, you can have peace of mind knowing that you may have a strong case against the other party.
If you delay seeking treatment, the other driver and their insurance carrier could vehemently argue that your alleged injuries had nothing to do with the accident, otherwise you would have sought treatment immediately.
Protecting your rights
A car accident can turn your life upside down. Knowing your legal options and obligations can help you to hold an at-fault party accountable and pursue the compensation you are rightfully entitled to.