Do You Need To See A Doctor After Your Accident?
Tractor-trailers, flatbeds, tankers and dump trucks are just a few of the massive commercial vehicles causing catastrophic accidents on today’s roadways. Just the sheer weight and impact of these large trucks cause significant jarring and damaging effects on the bodies of unsuspecting accident victims. Many times, injuries are painfully obvious, but they can also be temporarily masked by the rush of emotions and adrenaline following a truck accident.
The Pain May Be Delayed
Visiting a doctor as soon as possible after a truck accident is crucial, even if you have no obvious aches, pains, bumps or lacerations. You may have one or more of these common truck accident injuries and not know it:
Soft Tissue Damage
Muscles, ligaments, and tendons can be severely damaged, yet hidden from the human eye. Because of this, tears, sprains and whiplash are often brushed off as being minor when they’re not.
The stress alone from a truck accident can cause a headache, but it shouldn’t be dismissed as part of the recovery; it could be a serious head injury. Symptoms include headaches, cloudy thinking, dizziness, lack of energy, blurry vision and inability to concentrate.
Jostling the body around can have a tragic effect on the spine. Untreated spinal damage can lead to a lifetime of weakness or paralysis. The spine supports the body and damage to it should not be overlooked.
Usually caused by extreme trauma or pain, your mental state is a critical part of your health and should be assessed by a doctor.
Doctor Visits Support Your Claim
Seeking medical attention as soon as possible after a truck accident can protect you both physically and legally, now and in the future. If you decide to file a claim against the negligent parties, your medical and pharmacy records, accompanying photos and other documentation will play a strong role in the outcome:
- If you don’t see a doctor or wait to see one, the negligent party’s insurance company may assume your injuries are not serious and offer a small settlement.
- If you see a doctor immediately following the accident but are not represented by a qualified truck accident attorney, the insurance company will do everything it can to avoid paying a fair settlement in spite of the facts.
- Seeing a doctor and speaking to a qualified truck accident attorney offers the best protection possible in a truck accident case. Specialized truck attorneys know the ins-and-outs of intricate state and federal trucking laws in order to effectively protect you, your health and your future.
Be Aware, Be Prepared After a Large Truck Accident
If you were injured or suffered the loss of a family member in a truck accident, we are deeply sorry for your pain during this difficult time. If you would like to discuss your potential case, please contact us today at (404) 591-1800 or complete this form for a free, no-obligation consultation. We are here to help in this time of need.