After experiencing a minor vehicle crash, you might feel confused and uncertain as to what your next steps should be.
While frayed nerves and a little soreness might be your only complaints, an important next step is to seek medical attention in case you have underlying injuries.
Most common injuries
The three most common injuries as the result of a vehicle crash are neck and spine issues, often associated with rear-end collisions; shoulder injuries from T-bone or angle accidents and head injuries that range from concussions to traumatic brain injury from a vehicle crash of any kind.
A medical evaluation
The violent impact from a vehicle crash will cause the body to release adrenalin and other chemicals capable of masking pain and injury temporarily. A doctor may take x-rays or perform other tests to determine whether you have any injuries that are not readily apparent. Symptoms of a head injury, for example, may not show up immediately, but you might experience headaches, dizziness or problems with concentration hours or even days after the crash.
Importance of a medical report
Your doctor will prepare a report, which is not only significant in terms of diagnosis and treatment but also because it will tie any injury you might have directly to the vehicle crash, a consequential point from an insurance company perspective. If you are the victim of a vehicle crash, you have a right to expect full and fair compensation to cover your medical expenses, lost wages and more. The medical report will be an important addition when the time comes for you to file a claim.