Being involved in an automobile accident is a traumatic experience. If it was your fault or someone else’s fault it doesn’t matter because it will still have a great impact on your day. Little fender benders or minor accidents sometimes cause the most injuries that you can’t even feel right away. Even if you are able to walk away from the accident seemingly uninjured it’s still important to immediately seek medical treatment after it occurs. If you are in an accident, usually the police and an EMT team will show up to check on your injuries. Here are a few reasons why it’s important to let them treat you at the scene, and get transported to the nearest hospital or trauma center to get a full exam.
You May Be Injured and Not Know It
Medical doctors agree that the first 72 hours after an accident are the most critical time to receive treatment. Most injuries will respond better to treatment if you get them taken care of right away. You might also not realize you are injured because right after an accident is when your adrenaline is running at its highest because your brain is trying to comprehend what happened. It’s how our bodies deal with traumatic events by producing endorphins that also can combat or block pain. You might also be experiencing shock after the accident occurs, and won’t be able to clearly assess how injured you might be. So take your time, take a few deep breaths, and get checked out right away.
Muscle Injuries Can Show Up Later
A soft tissue injury (muscles, ligaments, and tendons) is permanent, and can cause scar tissues in the muscles which can be hard to treat if not taken care of right away. Plus, by not getting it treated right away you run the risk of re-injuring it over and over again at a later time. You’ll be surprised as well that the day following the accident is when you are the sorest. All that muscle soreness is delayed so if you have sought the proper treatment then the medical professionals can supply you with a prescription should you need it the next day for the right painkillers.
Acting Quickly Can Preserve Your Legal Rights
Following a car accident, the other driver’s insurance company might call you to get you to sign off on what happened right away. Don’t sign anything, but keep in mind that it’s much easier to file claims for any injuries you may have sustained during the accident if you get treated right away. You might even forfeit some of your rights if you aren’t seen right away. It also looks highly suspicious for your claim if you see a doctor a week or a month after the accident. People who are injured go to the doctor right away.
Treatment Will Be Covered
Even if you don’t have health insurance or the accident was your fault you can still get treated. There are many different financial aid programs that hospitals offer so that you aren’t strapped with a huge medical bill after an injury. So don’t let the trauma of financial ruin keep you from getting treatment.
Put Your Mind at Ease
When you walk away from an accident, and you get the proper treatment which might include an exam and x-rays, then you can definitely sleep better at night knowing that you were checked out and everything is alright within your body. Sometimes internal injuries can be present without your knowledge so take care of yourself following an automobile accident. You’ll be glad you did.
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