A car accident has the potential to cause a variety of injuries, some minor and some life-changing. For this reason, it’s critical to receive immediate medical attention, as doing so improves the likelihood of making a fast and full recovery.

Many people opt against going to the hospital or their doctor after a car accident because they’re not yet experiencing any symptoms. While you may think you’re okay, some symptoms of serious injuries don’t present immediately.

Here’s why you need to visit a local hospital after a car accident (even a minor fender bender):

  • Symptoms can hide: For example, concussion symptoms don’t always present right away. So, if you go home without treatment, you could begin to feel poorly after several hours. And if you continue to put off treatment, it can result in a more serious injury or even death.
  • Testing on the spot: Regardless of your potential injuries, your medical team can run a variety of tests to learn more. If you hit your head, they can order an MRI and CT scan for a closer look. If you’re suffering from back and/or neck pain, an X-ray may be necessary.
  • A treatment plan: If you attempt to treat yourself, you never really know what you’re doing. And for that reason, you can go down a path that causes more harm than good. Once your medical team diagnoses your injuries, they can implement a treatment plan for helping you make a full recovery.
  • It helps when seeking compensation: For instance, you’ll file an insurance claim after your accident so that you can collect compensation for your injuries, property damage and related losses. However, if you don’t seek medical treatment, you’ll have a hard time proving to the insurance company that you suffered an injury in the accident.

After a car accident, your health and well-being should take priority over everything else. Seek immediate treatment to better understand your injuries and what comes next.

Once you’re on the road to recovery, file an insurance claim and seek other means, such as a personal injury claim, of obtaining compensation from the negligent party.