Say that another driver strikes your car at low speed as you are stopped at a traffic light. The rear-end collision is jarring, but you do not think you have an injury outside of a sore neck.
You take the proper steps in calling the police to report the accident and exchanging insurance information with the other driver. Now you can drive on home, but what about seeing a doctor first?
Care for you and your car
You may be more concerned about the damage to your vehicle than you are about your physical well-being. You must call your insurance agent about the accident, the big dent in your trunk and the broken taillight. You decide that if you begin to feel unwell at some point, you can make an appointment with your doctor, but is it wise to delay? Symptoms of an underlying issue may not show up immediately. As the victim of a collision, you will file a claim for compensation, and the insurance company will want to see a medical report.
Watch for delayed symptoms
Hours or even days may pass before you begin to experience symptoms. For example, you may start having headaches, feeling dizzy or disoriented. These could signal a concussion or a more serious brain injury. Neck, shoulder or back pain also demand a closer look. You could have muscle, ligament or nerve damage, or damage to your vertebrae. If you have abdominal pain or large areas of purple discoloration you should seek treatment from emergency personnel immediately as there may be internal bleeding, a condition that could be life-threatening.
Seek prompt help
You may face medical bills you did not expect, time off work due to a recovery schedule and, of course, the repairs to your car. As the victim of a collision, you are due full and fair compensation for property damage and any injuries you suffer, but keep in mind that an insurance company will want a report from your physician as soon as possible. It is important that the medical report link your injuries directly to the crash, hence the need for visiting your doctor promptly following the accident.