The other driver didn't see you, and the next thing you knew, you found yourself getting out of a wrecked vehicle. You felt fine, so you talked to the police and other driver before turning down medical help.
Now, a few days later, you aren't feeling well at all. Do you still have a right to seek out medical help? Could this feeling be related to your accident?
Yes. Some injuries don't appear right away, which is why it's always important to seek out medical help after an accident. Since you didn't, it's vital that you seek medical attention as soon as possible to help link your injuries to the collision. You'll need to collect your medical documents as part of the claims process. Here are a few facts about injuries you may not notice until days after your crash.
While significant bruises may show up right away, sometimes, it takes time for blood to rise to the surface of the skin. That's why you may not see bruising at the scene, but wake up the next day with large purple or red marks.
Small bruises probably aren't much to worry about, but larger bruises or those that grow can signify that you have internal bleeding or a clotting problem, so it's important to seek medical help immediately.
At the scene of an accident, your body is pumped full of adrenaline. This is the body's way of protecting you against danger. It believes you're threatened and places you into fight or flight mode. The problem is that not all injuries are felt because of the adrenaline, and that includes whiplash.
Whiplash occurs most often when a vehicle hits yours from behind. That causes your head to whip forward and back, straining the muscles and tendons in the neck. Whiplash has the potential to be serious, so you need to seek out X-rays and other medical scans for diagnosis.
3. Post-traumatic stress disorder
Many people don't realize they are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder until they attempt to drive or ride in a vehicle. A motor-vehicle accident can take its toll on your emotional health, so it is necessary to see a doctor. PTSD may present with panic attacks, depression, night terrors and other signs of stress.
These are a few injuries that can show up after a crash. If you are hurt, you deserve medical care and to have the negligent party pay for it.