Ideally, you will seek medical attention in the aftermath of a motor vehicle accident. Visiting a Kentucky medical facility may make it easier to diagnose and treat your symptoms in a timely manner. It may also make it easier to establish that your injuries were caused by the careless actions of another person or entity.
Why see a doctor if you feel fine immediately after the accident?
There is a good chance that you won’t feel much in the first few minutes or hours after the crash. This is because your body will release chemicals designed to mask the majority of the pain that you would otherwise likely feel after such a violent event. However, this doesn’t mean that you don’t have a concussion, organ damage or other injuries.
What happens if you delay treatment?
Delaying treatment may mean that you need to have surgery to stop an internal bleed or to treat other injuries. If you sustain a head injury in a crash, you may be at an increased risk of blurred vision, nausea or other symptoms that may make it unsafe to perform many different daily tasks.
Medical records can be critical to proving your case
The presence of timely medical records may make it easier to obtain a favorable outcome in your motor vehicle accident case. A doctor’s note may confirm that your broken bones, concussion or back pain were the result of a collision with another vehicle or object. A copy of your most recent medical bills may confirm that you experienced a financial loss as a result of another person’s actions. Furthermore, medical bills may help determine exactly how much you are entitled to receive from the defendant.
If you are involved in a car accident, it’s almost always in your best interest to seek medical attention. This is generally true even if you don’t believe that you were hurt in the crash. In many cases, failing to take such a step will be used against you during settlement talks or during a personal injury trial.