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How important is medical care after a rear-end collision?

Many people walk away from a low speed rear-end collision. They are usually more concerned about damage to the car than possible injury to themselves.

Someday you may be the victim of a minor crash yourself. Remember that there are good reasons for seeking prompt medical attention.

Collision consequences

The human body is not designed to deal with a sudden, violent jolt such as the kind of impact that occurs during a minor crash. In a rear-end collision, the victim could receive anything from whiplash to a spinal injury or head injury. In response to the shock of impact, the body produces chemicals like adrenalin that can temporarily mask injury symptoms. In the case of a concussion, for example, symptoms such as headaches, dizziness or trouble with concentration might not appear for hours, even days after the collision.

Prompt medical evaluation

Since you could have underlying injuries as the result of a rear-end collision, it is wise to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Even if you only suffer a minor neck injury, you could experience complications years down the road if you do not see a doctor and begin treatment now.

Medical record importance

Another reason for prompt medical care is that the doctor will write a report citing your diagnosis and treatment plan and tying any injury you might have directly to the rear-end collision. This report will serve as an important accompaniment to your claim for insurance compensation to cover your medical expenses and more, and it may help to swing approval for a fair settlement your way.

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