After an automobile accident, occupants of a vehicle may be in shock and initially not realize that they have been injured. Then, maybe days or even weeks later, symptoms such as pain, discomfort, dizziness, and numbness may surface. With this in mind, if you are involved in a car accident, you should immediately seek medical attention, whether or not you believe you were injured.
Even minor fender benders can lead to serious injuries, such as whiplash which results from a sudden force that causes the neck to stretch or twist and abruptly snap back into place. This can harm muscles, tendons, ligaments, vertebrae in the neck or back or cause a spinal cord injury. Car accidents can also lead to lower back injuries sprains, herniated discs, or fractured vertebrae, broken bones and lacerations as well as head and brain injuries.
Getting immediate medical attention is not only crucial for your well being , it will also help to support a personal injury claim. By delaying medical care, your condition may worsen, and potentially make it harder to prove that the accident caused the injuries. In short, having a successful claim hinges on providing sufficient medical evidence, and this requires documenting your injuries and any medical care that you receive.
This starts by taking detailed notes of your injuries as well as any treatment provided by doctors, surgeons, chiropractors, physical therapists and other medical professionals. Moreover, it is important to retain receipts of prescription medications and assistive devices – crutches and braces, copies of medical bills and any related expenses such as copayments.
In addition, copies of any correspondence with your medical team, including emails and notes of phone calls and medical appoints will also support your claim. Finally, it is highly recommended that you keep a journal of your injuries and treatment that includes details of any pain and suffering and inconveniences that may related to the injuries.
In sum, the best way to avoid automobile accidents is to drive safely and be alert of other drivers and traffic conditions. In the event of an accident, it is critical to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Ultimately, by keeping detailed records of your injuries and treatment, you will have important evidence in your personal injury claim.