The weight of most vehicles on the roads, range from 2,000 – 4,600 pounds. If one of those vehicles hit something, even at low speed, a lot of force is involved in the impact. When you are involved in a car wreck, that force is exerted against your body, which can result in injury.
If you have suffered an injury, you may not always feel the pain right away. Car accidents are traumatic experiences which can cause the body to release adrenaline and endorphins, making you experience increased energy and possibly, lack of pain. You may feel fine right away, but it doesn’t mean you are. Once the adrenaline and endorphins subside, the pain can set in.
If you are feeling pain, it is important to seek medical treatment right away. By seeking treatment, your medical providers will be able to run tests to determine whether you are suffering with “soft tissue” injuries or something more serious. They may order x-rays to see if you have suffered any fractures/broken bones. If you are experiencing symptoms associated with concussions (i.e. dizziness, nausea, headache, blurry vision, etc.), they can also order CT scans and run other tests to determine if you have suffered a traumatic brain injury. They may also order MRIs to look for injuries to the spine and discs. Those tests will assist the doctors in providing a diagnosis and set the best course of treatment for you, so that you can get back to or close to, the physical state you were in before the accident.
Additionally, if you are filing a claim for personal injuries, any delays in undergoing treatment can adversely affect your recovery. Insurance adjusters usually refer to such delays as “gaps in treatment,” and often refuse to pay claims that have “gaps” or will pay them at a reduction. From an adjuster’s standpoint, if you’re not treating, you must not be in pain.
Lastly, by filing a personal injury claim, you will have to prove that you actually suffered injuries and pain, as a result of the car wreck. You can prove that by way of documentary evidence, in the form of medical records. By seeking treatment, it will allow your doctor to provide diagnosis and detail the pain that you reported. He/she can then relate those injuries to the car wreck that you were involved in.
By: Danny Russell, Baton Rouge area personal injury attorney, licensed in Louisiana.
Danny Russell is a Baton Rouge car accident lawyer who has experience dealing with insurance companies and handling personal injury claims. If you have been involved in a car accident in Baton Rouge or anywhere else in Louisiana, contact a car accident attorney at the Russell Law Firm in Baton Rouge. We will help you schedule the proper treatment and deal with the insurance companies for your vehicle repairs and personal injury claims.
****INFORMATION FURNISHED HEREIN IS ONLY GENERAL AND NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR PERSONALIZED LEGAL ADVICE.