Go to the Doctor After a Car Accident—It is Crucial for Your Claim
A car accident is almost always a stressful event, regardless of whether there are injuries involved. Yet when injuries are present, the accident becomes even more traumatic. Not only have you suffered an injury, possibly due to the negligence of another driver, you now have to deal with those injuries on a practical level—seeking treatment and determining whether you are able to return to work. When you are involved in a car accident, your body receives a jolt of adrenaline that can often mask your injuries.
In other words, you may think you are “fine,” then later, when the adrenaline rush wears off, you realize you are far from fine. To ensure your physical well-being and your legal rights are properly protected following a car accident, it is important to speak to an Indiana injury lawyer from Cohen & Malad, LLP. We have the experience and knowledge necessary to guide you through the injury claim process and will use our experience to secure the best settlement possible on your behalf.
Of course, immediately following a car accident, you are likely struggling to determine what to do next. You must deal with the property damage to your automobile and may forget that your health is the most important thing you have. If the car accident was serious, then there is no question—you should be taken to the ER and checked out thoroughly. If you think you are fine—or at least that you might be fine, you should still go to the doctor after a car accident. Doing this within a couple of days of your accident can end up being crucial to your claim if it turns out you are more injured than you realized.
Injuries That May Not Present Immediately Following an Accident
There are certain injuries that may not make themselves known for a few days, or even up to a couple of weeks following your accident. One of these is whiplash. Whiplash occurs when your neck is forced forward suddenly, then snaps back. Such a motion puts tremendous strain on the spine and can lead to neck and back pain, headaches, even tinnitus.
Internal injuries and soft tissue injuries can also go unnoticed for a period of time because they are not visible and may not yet be painful. Torn muscles, ligaments and tendons can be serious, and sprains, tearing, and bruising can lead to significant pain when left untreated. Other back and neck injuries that often result from a car accident include disc injuries, fractures and sprains. You may simply assume you are sore from the impact of the crash yet could have a much more serious injury that can worsen if left untreated. Concussions are also common injuries resulting from a car accident; what you think is a simple bump on the head can lead to the following symptoms:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Lack of energy
- Abnormal sleep patterns
Cohen & Malad, LLP, Can Help You Following Your Car Accident
In the end, you should always see a doctor following a car accident, even if you feel fine. If you fail to do so, then later find you received injuries from the accident, you could have difficulty proving your injuries were from the accident. The injury attorneys from Cohen & Malad, LLP, can help you through the complexities resulting from your car accident. We will ensure you receive the medical attention you need, while we work to obtain an equitable settlement on your behalf. Contact Cohen & Malad, LLP today.