After a car wreck, getting medical care is crucial. This may seem obvious, but in these days of high medical bills and health insurance issues, people often forego trips to the doctor’s office or hospital because they simply do not think they can afford it. Unfortunately, this can lead to serious medical problems going undiagnosed and getting worse over time.
Even Minor Car Accidents Can Cause Major Medical Problems
A car runs a stop sign and collides with the driver’s side of another car. In the T-bone collision, the driver of the struck car hits their head on the window. When both cars are stopped, the drivers get out and assess the damage. The cars are in bad shape, but with the adrenaline pumping, the victim does not feel pain. They decide not to accept an ambulance ride to the hospital. They know that would cost a lot. While sorting through property damage issues, the victim decides not to go to the doctor at all.
Weeks or months later, the victim notices trouble remembering things. Family members say they have been acting different since the car accident. The victim says that it is stress, but they know it might be something more. After pressure from the family, they finally visit a doctor to discover they have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Had they gone to the doctor immediately, they may have been able to better mitigate the damage from the TBI and they may have been able to take fast action to seek compensation through a personal injury claim. Victims of negligent drivers may be able to get full compensation for medical bills, lost wages and more.