After experiencing a traffic accident, the most important thing to do for any accident victim is identify injuries the accident caused. These injuries are often dangerous, and waiting to receive care or avoiding are altogether can cause long-term harm.
Many people who experience traffic accidents choose to not have a full medical examination afterward because they don't see any signs of injury and don't feel any pain from an injury. Unfortunately, many traffic accident injuries are not visible and may not cause pain for hours or even many days.
If you recently experienced a car accident and did not receive a medical examination from a qualified care professional, you may have injuries you do not know about, and these can cause serious complications. Additionally, the longer you wait to seek treatment, the easier it is for an insurer to deny your claim. Seeking treatment as soon as you experience a traffic accident helps identify injuries you may have missed and creates a strong basis for building your personal injury claim when the time comes.
Understanding delayed pain injuries
Depending on the circumstances of an accident, victims may receive many different injuries that they do not immediately recognize. These are called delayed pain injuries, and may include:
- Soft tissue damage, often called "whiplash"
- Spinal column damage
- Nerve damage
- Mild traumatic brain injury after a blow to the head
- Severe or minor internal bleeding
- Partial internal organ damage
Some injuries are much more dangerous than others, such as internal bleeding and organ damage. Victims who suffer these injuries may not realize anything is wrong until their life is already in serious danger.
Similarly, a blow to the head may cause a mild traumatic brain injury, which is not always physically painful but can radically alter a person's personality and the ability to function in their job and personal life. Without direct, early intervention, a victim may not realize that they have a brain injury at all until their work life and personal relationships begin to suffer.
Protecting your recovery
The high costs of medical care can make it seem as though avoiding unnecessary care is a thrifty, wise decision. Unfortunately, early intervention is often much less expensive in the long run. Injuries that do not receive proper care often develop painful lasting symptoms, and proper care later on may not fully heal them.
Your health and comfort in your own body is important after any jarring experience. Make sure to use the tools that you have to seek proper care and build a strong claim, protecting your rights in Kentucky and your recovery.