You must see a doctor after a crash
Many people who are involved in a crash don't sustain severe injuries. They usually feel fine enough to continue with their day, even when their cars are totaled. Some may experience minor pain after a crash, but are under the impression that it will improve without medical treatment. This can be dangerous for two reasons:
- Many injuries from collisions worsen without medical treatment.
- Failing to seek immediate medical attention may be detrimental to your car accident claim.
Why is it a good idea to seek immediate medical attention, even if I feel OK?
If you seek medical attention promptly after a crash, your doctor will be able to identify any injuries you have sustained, even if you don't feel any pain. Getting a medical evaluation benefits you in two ways:
- It allows your doctor to address the injury before it worsens.
- It provides documentation of your injury and medical evaluation.
What will my doctor find?
The type of crash you were involved in may influence the injury you sustained. For example, if you were rear-ended by a distracted driver while stopped at a traffic light, you likely sustained whiplash.
Whiplash is an injury to the soft tissue around the neck that is caused by the rapid whip-like motion of your head after being rear-ended. This causes tears and trauma to the muscles and tendons in the neck. Symptoms often don't appear right away. It can up to a few days to begin experiencing headaches, neck stiffness, tingling in the limbs, dizziness, and pain in the upper back and arms.
Perhaps you bumped your head on the steering wheel or dashboard in a crash. A blow to the head should always be taken seriously, even if it doesn't cause any serious, immediate symptoms. Concussions and mild traumatic brain injuries can take up to 10 days to produce symptoms. Symptoms often involve headaches, confusion, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, blurred vision, and tinnitus.
What should I do next?
You should always consult with an experienced car accident attorney after meeting with your doctor. Here's why:
- Your medical treatment will be costly.
- You may not be able to work and collect a paycheck while you recover.
- The at-fault driver's insurance company will likely avoid compensating you.
West Palm Beach attorney David J. Glatthorn has been helped injured motorists throughout south Florida take on stubborn insurance companies and maximize their compensation. He knows how to negotiate with insurance companies and urge them to do the right thing. If they don't budge, he'll take your case to trial and bring forth evidence that supports your claim.
If you were hurt in a crash, contact David J. Glatthorn, P.A. and schedule your free case review.