Perhaps you are a pharmaceutical salesman and drive to hospitals and private medical practices daily.
You probably know that you should seek prompt medical attention after a vehicle accident. But what if the collision is a minor one and you feel fine?
You may walk away from a minor traffic accident such as a rear-end collision thinking that you feel fine other than having jangled nerves. However, as humans, our bodies are not made to cope with the kind of sudden impact a vehicle crash of any kind causes. The impact can release chemicals that mask pain and injury symptoms, at least temporarily. However, in a few hours or even a few days, telltale signs of an underlying injury may surface. Delayed symptoms are often common in brain injuries, for example.
Your rights as an injured party
If you are the victim of a car crash, you have rights and may qualify for compensation that will cover your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. However, dealing with insurance companies is not easy, although they would like you to believe they have your most favorable interests at heart. An advocate accustomed to negotiating with big insurance companies will tell you that such companies adhere to strict criteria in evaluating injury claims and may offer you a lowball settlement or find a reason to deny your claim altogether.
The importance of a medical report
Seeking prompt medical attention is not only important for your well-being, especially if there is an underlying injury, but also for the medical report that your doctor will prepare. This report will tie your injuries directly to the car crash so that an insurance company cannot accuse you of faking the injury or its origin. Serious spinal or brain injuries can occur even in a low-speed collision, and it is always a good idea to see a doctor as soon as possible.