After a car accident, some people might feel minor aches and pains and make the mistake of thinking they got away without any serious injuries. This is the wrong thing to do. Some people who do not feel immediate symptoms find that they wake up a day or two later and are unable to move their necks. Other victims find out that their minor back pain has progressed into chronic pain.
Even if you only suspect an injury after a car accident, consult a doctor immediately. Even after the bruises and abrasions disappear, the pain could be with you indefinitely. Injuries, especially neck, back and head injuries, tend to manifest gradually and can turn into something far worse if untreated. Brain injuries in particular may not manifest symptoms immediately, even though they have the potential to reduce your quality of life by a large measure.
Another issue is that some injuries, such as whiplash or soft tissue damage, can require treatment that many insurance policies will not cover, such as chiropractic treatment and massage therapy. As a result, you will have to pay for the treatment out of your own pocket. Paying out of pocket for treatment is costly, and a personal injury attorney can help you recoup those costs in addition to monetary damages for your injuries.
Either way, it is crucial that you see a doctor immediately following a car accident and follow-up with him or her if your symptoms get worse. It is important for your health and well-being, and also for recovering your medical expenses – if you wait too long to see a doctor, your insurance company could try to claim that your injuries are not as severe as they actually are or that the injuries are unrelated to the accident.
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