Car accidents of all kinds are often much more damaging than the people in the car realize at the time. Even modest car accidents may result in injuries that a driver or passenger may not feel in the immediate aftermath of the accident, giving them the false impression that they survived the accident injury-free.
Unfortunately, many injuries do not cause pain, at least not at first. These range from painful-but-temporary injuries such as whiplash to potentially deadly injuries, such as internal bleeding and organ damage. Many car accident victims receive a blow to the head without realizing it has happened, only to experience symptoms of a mild traumatic brain injury weeks later.
If you or someone you love recently experienced a car accident and believe that you did not suffer injuries, you should still go to your doctor as soon as you can. Your doctor, or any qualified medical professional, can give you a complete medical examination to identify delayed-pain injuries before they grow more serious and potentially cause long-term damage or pain.
Should you feel any pain in your abdomen, you must go to an emergency room immediately. This pain may be an early warning of potentially life-threatening bleeding or organ failure. Waiting even a few hours to seek medical care may be too long.
The documentation you receive from the examination serves as an excellent basis for a personal injury claim, if you did actually suffer injuries. Make sure to keep that information to help you build a strong claim to protect your rights and priorities while your recover and get back to normal, everyday living.