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Should you go to a doctor after an accident?

On Behalf of | Oct 14, 2022 | Personal Injury |

If you’re involved in some type of accident, such as a fall from a ladder or a car crash, you may feel like you didn’t really get injured. You may count yourself as lucky. You might think that you don’t need to go to the hospital because you clearly got through it unscathed.

But there are situations in which this type of thinking is a big mistake. You may actually have severe injuries that you simply haven’t noticed the signs of yet. This is why it’s always better to go to the hospital and get checked out by a medical professional. You can ensure that you actually are healthy, rather than just making the assumption based on how you feel.

But why are your feelings inaccurate?

The reason people make this assumption is because they just think they know their own body, they understand their pain level and they know that they weren’t hurt. Medical professionals will tell you that this isn’t always accurate, and there are few reasons why.

One could simply be that the person is in shock or experiencing an adrenaline rush. This has been known to mask pain or distract people from feeling pain that they would otherwise feel. As a result, an adrenaline surge after an accident can make you think that you aren’t injured because your body is simply trying to keep you alive, but you actually have been hurt.

Another thing to think about is that you could have internal injuries that may not yet have external signs. This doesn’t mean they’re not dangerous. One example is if you suffered bleeding in your brain, like a subdural hematoma. Left untreated, this can get worse until it causes severe complications or even death. But you may not know that it’s happening at first, when the bleeding is minor.

Of course, going to the hospital can be very expensive, so it’s also important for you to understand what legal options you have to seek compensation. These can help to cover your medical bills and other costs.