You might walk away from a rear-end collision more concerned about the damage to your car than to yourself.
However, a prompt medical evaluation is essential for your well-being—and for the important medical report your doctor will write.
Absence of symptoms
Other than having jangled nerves following a vehicle crash, you might conclude that you have no injuries. However, the human body is not designed to endure the violent jolt of a collision and immediately releases chemicals such as adrenalin that can mask pain and injury symptoms. For instance, if you suffer a head injury, symptoms such as dizziness, headaches or balance issues might not appear for hours if not days after the accident.
Medical treatment and more
Since you could have an underlying injury, you should seek medical care as soon as possible. Prompt action has two advantages: first, early treatment can begin if you do have an injury, and second, the doctor will write a medical report that ties your injury directly to the vehicle crash. As the victim, you have a right to expect compensation to cover your medical expenses and more. The medical report will be essential to the insurance claim you file.
A look ahead
Treatment for an underlying issue such as spinal injury or traumatic brain injury could require a treatment program that limits your ability to work for a time. While you focus on your recovery, you can rely on an advocate to negotiate full and fair compensation on your behalf. You have a right to receive the maximum available and you will be glad you had the foresight to seek prompt medical care following the rear-end collision.