You may find yourself involved in a minor car accident at some point in your life, and except for jangled nerves, you may feel fine afterward.

Nevertheless, you should see a doctor as soon as possible; first, for the sake of your well-being and second, for the medical report the doctor will write.

How your body responds

If you are the victim of a car crash, such as a rear-end collision, the impact will give your body a considerable shock. This is new territory for the body; it is not meant to handle the kind of jolt that accompanies a car crash. It reacts by releasing adrenaline and other chemicals capable of dulling pain and hiding any underlying injury that may exist

A common injury

A concussion is a mild form of traumatic brain injury and one of the more common results of a minor collision. If you receive a concussion or even a more serious form of TBI as the victim of a car crash, the symptoms may not appear for hours or even days. This is an example of the body’s ability to mask an injury and why you should seek prompt medical attention.

About the medical report

The doctor you see will write a medical report that ties any injuries you may have directly to the car crash. You should provide a copy of the report to your attorney, who will use it when the time comes to file a claim with an insurance company.

Looking ahead

When you sustain injuries because of the negligence of another driver, you should exercise your right to receive compensation to cover your medical expenses, both current and future, any lost wages, pain and suffering and more. That you chose to see a doctor soon after the car crash was an important decision sure to help you obtain a full and fair settlement.