Sometimes after a car accident, you and your car are perfectly fine, and you easily can drive home. However, that is not always the case. In many cases, you may need to get emergency care after a car accident. If you have any of the following symptoms or conditions, you should seek emergency care.
1. You Have the Symptoms of a Concussion If you hit your head in the accident, you may suffer from a concussion, and to avoid lasting damage, you should get emergency care.
Some of the signs of a concussion are as follows:
- Feeling of pressure in your head
- Loss of memory
- Blurred vision or seeing stars
- Ringing sound in ears
- Sensitivity to light
- Unexplained exhaustion
Sometimes the signs of a concussion are delayed. If you don’t get emergency care after the accident, you may notice that food doesn’t taste like it should, or you may suffer from sleep disturbances. If you notice these symptoms in the days or weeks after the accident, get help as soon as possible.
2. You Think You Might Have Whiplash If you were hit from behind or if your neck jerked forward suddenly for any reason during the car accident, you should also seek emergency care. In these cases, you may have whiplash. That refers to a muscle strain that leads to severe (potentially debilitating) pain in your neck that often happens due to an injury or traumatic event.
Note that if your neck moved in the accident, you should get care preemptively. Sometimes, you don’t feel the pain immediately after the accident because a large surge of adrenaline can block it out.
3. You Are Bleeding Bleeding after a car accident can occur in a range of situations. If the windows broke and you were cut with glass, you should get emergency care to ensure that there is no glass lodged in your body. Similarly, if you hit your head or any other body part and it is bleeding, you should also get emergency care to clean the wounds and rule out extensive damage.
4. You Feel Pain in Any Part of Your Body If you feel pain anywhere in your body, you should get that checked out immediately. Car accidents involve a lot of force, and when you get hit, your soft tissues such as muscles, ligaments, and tendons can be damaged, even if you don’t see any external injuries. On top of that, you can also injure joints, discs in your spine, or other body parts.
When you get emergency clinic, the doctor can thoroughly examine you and order X-rays or imaging as needed to ensure that you don’t have any serious injuries.
5. You Want to Ensure the Injuries Are Linked to the Accident When another driver causes the accident, they or their insurer may be responsible for your medical bills and related expenses. However, it can sometimes be hard to prove that your injuries were the result of the accident. In particular, if you delay treatment, it may be difficult to establish that connection. To be on the safe side, you should always get emergency care as soon as possible after the car accident.
If you have been in a car accident, we urge you to call 1-800-WE-TREAT. We help Georgia drivers get connected to the legal and medical help they need. Contact us today for more information.