If you get into a car accident and you find yourself standing on the side of the road, marveling at the fact that you didn’t get hurt, it may be time to question whether you did or not. If you feel fine, does that mean you really are?
It doesn’t. There are many conditions that only show up later. Whiplash. Head injuries. Brain injuries. Internal injuries. The list goes on. Hours, days, weeks or even months later, you may realize that you actually did suffer injuries in the crash. Feeling fine after the accident was just an illusion.
This is why it’s always important to talk to a doctor, no matter how you feel. Doctors have a lot of experience with cases like this and can often spot signs of injury that the injured parties themselves may miss. You also want to go back to the doctor in the future if you start to see these signs, even if the accident is well behind you.
Plus, you have to consider that there is a lot going on during an accident. Maybe you’re in shock and experiencing an adrenaline rush. Both can cover up injury symptoms. Maybe you’re so worried about a loved one that it’s easy to overlook your own issues. You can’t always trust yourself to know that you weren’t injured, despite how you feel.
If you do end up with injuries that only reveal themselves after a time, it’s important to know what legal options you still have, what the statute of limitations is and what steps to take to recover compensation.