If you have been involved in a minor
car accident and didn’t suffer any serious injuries, it is imperative to still
see a doctor afterward. However, most people don’t think it is such
a big deal and are reluctant to seek medical attention.
The following are several reasons why you should still visit your doctor
after a minor car accident:
The impact of the crash causes a serious shock to your body – Even when the car accident occurs at low speeds which cause minimum
damage, injuries can still occur since people rarely see a collision coming
before being hit, which means they have no time to brace themselves or
prepare for impact. Whiplash and other types of soft tissue injuries are
caused by a sudden jerk of the neck and body.
Your injuries do not initially present any symptoms – Car accidents create a heightened level of excitement, causing
our bodies to generate adrenaline and endorphins, which increases your
energy. On the other hand, this much excitement also masks pain. So just
because you feel perfectly fine after a crash, doesn’t mean that
is the case. Once those chemicals in your body disappear, the pain will
make an appearance.
You will jeopardize your claim – If you delay receiving medical treatment until you feel the pain
or attempt to “wait it out,” you compromise your ability to
recover compensation from a car accident claim or
personal injury lawsuit. If the car accident was the other driver’s fault, his/her
insurance company will do their best to discredit your claim and pay you
as little damages as possible. The insurer can claim that since you delayed
seeking medical attention or failed to do it whatsoever, the injuries
you suffered from the accident isn’t as serious as you claim them to be.
Your medical records can be used as evidence – Not only is it important to visit a doctor to check the full extent
of your injury, but also to obtain medical records necessary to file a
claim with the insurance company. The records document your injuries and
required treatments to ensure your full recovery. Without any medical
records as evidence to back your claims up, you may lose your case.
If you have been injured in a car accident in New York City,
contact our experienced legal team at
Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan LLP and request a free consultation today.