Whether a Texas car accident is considered a minor fender-bender or if vehicles end up totaled, serious injuries could result from either type, along with any in between. Some people may think that they do not need medical attention after a car accident, especially one that was relatively minor. However, it is not always easy to tell when something is wrong immediately after a crash.
You may feel shaken up after a car accident, which is understandable, and you may not want to jump to conclusions about whether you suffered injuries. After all, you may worry about the medical expenses that can come along with a trip to the ER and do not want to go unnecessarily. However, in some cases, it is not possible to avoid the emergency room because of serious injuries.
To go or not to go
If the accident and your injuries are severe, you likely will not have a choice in whether you go to the ER. With most serious crashes, emergency medical personnel arrive at the scene, assess injuries and take injured parties to the hospital if they believe it necessary. Often if a person has suffered a head injury, is bleeding, has possible broken bones or other obvious signs of trauma, going to the hospital may be non-negotiable.
On the other hand, if no obvious signs of trauma present themselves, an EMS worker may ask you some questions in efforts to determine whether you may need to go to the hospital. One of those questions may even be whether you feel like you need to go or want to go. Of course, you may have a difficult time making such an important decision after a car crash due to feeling disoriented.
Typically, it is better to be safe than sorry, and if you have any concerns about your health after a crash, seeking immediate medical attention is wise. If you do not think that you have suffered any pressing harm, you do have the option of foregoing a trip to the ER, but it is still smart to follow up with your primary care physician for an exam soon after the crash. Your doctor may catch symptoms of a serious injury that you may have considered normal or not serious.
Serious injuries do not always show themselves right away, and in addition to ensuring that you receive the proper treatment for your injuries, records from getting medical attention soon after a car accident could act as evidence if you need to pursue a personal injury claim for compensation later.