People are often frightened and shaken after a crash, and just want to return home so they can feel safe. Some may even put off seeking medical attention for days, reluctant to relive the trauma of the crash with a doctor, hoping the pain will subside on its own. Unfortunately, delaying medical treatment can have severe consequences.
The Importance of Prompt Medical Treatment After a Truck Accident
It is always best to seek medical attention as soon as possible after a truck accident. An emergency room checkup—even if you think you are uninjured—can save your injury claim as well as your life.
There are many reasons to go to a doctor after a semi crash, but the most important are:
- Adrenaline. Human beings have the ability to ignore extreme amounts of pain due to adrenaline, the hormone responsible for the “fight or flight” response. When your life is in danger, your brain blocks the sensation of pain to allow you to run as fast as you can to safety. Adrenaline may course through your body for hours in the aftermath of an accident, but the pain that the brain has suppressed will return full-force once your brain has had a chance to calm down.
- Improved treatment options. Crash victims who are taken to an emergency room have the advantage of immediate treatment. Whatever injuries they have sustained, medical professionals can prevent them from worsening and make a plan for their recovery. In contrast, victims who wait to see a doctor may be living with bone fractures, herniated discs, or even internal bleeding—conditions that can become life-threatening if treatment is delayed.
- Proof of injury. Prompt medical treatment can save your life, but it can also save your truck accident injury claim. The sooner you see a doctor, the sooner a medical record relating to the accident can be created—documentation that can be invaluable when it comes time to prove the extent of your injuries to an insurance company.
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