After a car accident, you might not notice the full extent of your injuries until a few days or weeks later. As your first step after you sustain injuries in a collision, you should seek medical attention.
With the help of your physician who will treat your immediate wounds, you should also monitor yourself for any delayed injuries for your own health and also to strengthen any potential personal injury case in the future.
If you delay too long after the motor vehicle accident to get medical help for your injuries or if you prematurely stop treatment, you give the other driver’s insurance company a chance to devalue or flat-out deny your case. The insurance adjuster in charge of your case will take any opportunity to work against you by using this as evidence to lower the value of your settlement offer.
Make note of any pain or serious discomfort in your back, neck and shoulders. Joint inflammation and trauma may appear immediately or several weeks after the accident. Have your doctor evaluate your body right away if you notice changes in your ankles, hips, elbows, knees or shoulders. Injuries in these areas can have lasting, dangerous effects so monitor yourself closely and continue your treatment at the recommendation of your physician.
Other symptoms to look out for include migraines and headaches. These are indicative of head injuries such as concussions and abdominal pain might mean that you have internal bleeding or organ damage. If left untreated, these conditions can lead to worse injuries and even death.
Overall, make sure to get medical help as soon as possible for any immediate or delayed symptoms as you do not want to give insurers a reason to devalue your claim.