You might walk away from a vehicle crash, especially one that seems fairly insignificant such as a rear-end collision.

However, instead of going right home after the crash, you should seek medical attention for two very good reasons.

Why the absence of symptoms

The first reason for seeing a doctor is obvious: your wellbeing. The findings of a study in which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) participated indicate that rear-end collisions are responsible for about 29% of all vehicle crashes resulting in fatalities or injuries. After a violent impact, the body releases adrenalin, which can hide pain and injury temporarily. Therefore, prompt medical attention is essential even if you feel OK after a crash because you could have underlying injuries.

How a medical report helps

Your doctor will write a report containing your diagnosis and recommendations for treatment. The report is the second reason for prompt medical attention since you can submit it along with your claim. Insurance companies have standard criteria to analyze when reviewing an injury claim. Among the major questions is how soon the claimant sought medical help. The report your doctor prepares will tie any injury you sustained directly to the collision making it difficult for an insurance company to deny your claim on the grounds that there was some other cause.

What to expect

If you are the victim of a car crash in which you suffered an injury, you have a right to expect full and fair financial compensation. A serious injury that caused damage to your brain or spinal cord, for example, may require a lifetime of care. Any compensation you receive should be sufficient to cover your current and future medical expenses, pain and suffering and more.