A car accident can happen in a flash and cause major injuries. However, depending on the circumstances, you might feel nothing more than jangled nerves.

Do not be complacent. Even if you walk away from the accident feeling perfectly fine, it is essential for you to see a doctor right away.

Possible concerns

Sometimes symptoms of a condition that exists do not show up right away. For example, you may develop a headache that could indicate an injury to the neck or head days after a car crash. Whiplash, which is very common after a rear-end collision, could be a sign of a more serious condition and should be diagnosed with the help of x-rays or other imaging equipment. Back pain might indicate that there has been an injury to the vertebrae, or to ligaments or muscles. If you experience abdominal pain, bruising or dizziness, there might be internal bleeding, one of those issues that, if undiagnosed, could become life-threatening.

More than your health at stake

Keep in mind that large insurance companies fortify themselves with teams of lawyers experienced in protecting the company and its policyholders against you, the claimant. However, if a policyholder was at fault for the accident in which you suffered an injury, you have every right to financial compensation. This is why a medical report that links your injuries directly to the car crash is so important.

The help of an advocate

You may not understand how the legal system works when it comes to the subject of a financial settlement following a car accident, but you can turn to an experienced Elizabethtown attorney. When you are the victim of a car crash, you have a right to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, emotional distress and more. An insurance company will compare the date of the accident to the date you were first seen by a doctor. If you have had prompt medical attention, you are in the driver’s seat and your attorney will negotiate on your behalf to see that you receive a just settlement.