Truck accidents can often result in obvious damages and injuries, sending many individuals to the ER or hospital for immediate medical care and attention. In other situations, injuries may be more subtle. If you were involved in a truck accident—no matter your current health—it is vital that you see a doctor after the crash as soon as possible.
Don’t Notice Any Injuries? Still Get Medical Care
When you walk away from a truck accident without any visible or serious injuries, it can be tempting to forgo seeing a doctor. Even though you may not believe you are injured, it can be very deceptive to judge your health after an accident. Collisions can increase a person’s adrenaline and limit their ability to notice pain. Once the adrenaline wears off (which may even take a day or two), your body will begin to feel the symptoms of the injury.
Staying Aware of Your Symptoms
In other cases, you may have suffered an injury you don’t even notice such as internal bleeding in the brain or other organs. You may not realize your symptoms, such as dizziness, moodiness, or even changes in personality could be related to your truck accident.
If you notice any of the following, you may have a concussion or brain injury:
- Clouded thinking
- Blurry vision
- Loss of energy
- Strange sleeping patterns
Soft tissue damages can also be very difficult to notice, so make sure you pay attention to your body after an accident.
Protecting Your Right to Financial Compensation
In addition to getting the medical attention you need right away, it is important that you see a doctor as soon as possible after your accident to ensure the insurance company doesn’t try to use your delay to deny your claim. While you may have genuinely not noticed your injuries or thought they weren’t a big deal at first, an insurance company can twist your delay in seeking treatment to look like you aren’t really injured as badly as you claim.
Even if you feel only a small amount of pain or discomfort, this is a situation when you want to be overly cautious, not grin and bear it. Whether you are feeling fine at the moment or notice a bit of soreness, getting a professional medical opinion can help protect your case should medical issues develop down the road.
Don’t Accept Any Settlement Without Seeing a Doctor
If an insurance company calls you and tries to get you to settle before you have had the chance to see a doctor, this should be a red flag. It is important that you seek medical care and assessment prior to accepting any offer from an insurance company. You should also seek the counsel of a qualified truck accident lawyer who can help you craft a case for maximum compensation. If you don’t take the right steps following a collision, you could be left to pay for unexpected medical bills and costs on your own.
Injuries can take time to surface following a truck accident. Don’t delay in seeking medical care or following up with your doctor if symptoms worsen. You can always call Arnold & Itkin for legal counsel.