After a vehicle crash, you may believe that you have escaped without any serious injuries. But the thing is, you are usually an upbeat sort of person. After the crash, you feel uninterested in activities you normally enjoy, and you continue to feel down and depressed days or even weeks later.
Should you see your doctor?
How your body reacts
The human body is not meant to absorb and deal with the violent impact of a vehicle crash, even if the collision is a minor one. You probably did not see the accident coming and had no time to prepare for it. Upon impact, your body immediately released adrenalin to mask its shock, and this release of chemicals can easily hide symptoms of underlying injuries.
Seeking a medical evaluation is essential so that a doctor can begin proactive treatment for symptoms, including headaches, memory issues, anxiety or depression, that might not appear for hours or even days.
How an insurance company responds
The doctor you visit will write a report concerning your injuries. This is important information the insurance company will want to review when you file a claim for compensation. If you wait too long to file, the insurer could argue that your injuries stemmed from an incident other than the vehicle crash. This is not uncommon. If the insurance company finds a way to deny your claim, it would remove fault from the driver covered under their policy. As a result, you might have to pay for your own medical expenses even though you were not responsible for causing the accident.
How soon to act
A vehicle crash can be unsettling at the very least, but it is usually a traumatic experience, and one that could cause underlying injuries. For example, depression might indicate a concussion or even a more serious brain injury that was not evident following your accident.
Do not delay. Prompt medical attention is essential, as is the report that follows because it will tie any injuries you have directly to the crash. Remember that if you are the victim of another person’s negligence, you may be able to receive compensation to cover your current and future medical expenses and more.