After a vehicle crash, you automatically check yourself for injuries. There seems to be nothing more serious than a bump on the head.
However, even after a minor collision, you should see a doctor. A physician will check for any underlying injuries and, equally important, write a report.
Effects of the impact
The human body is not designed to accept the impact of a car crash without some kind of response. That bump to your head may signal a more severe problem, such as a traumatic brain injury. However, the crash instantly releases chemicals in the body that can hide symptoms for hours, even days.
Insurance company response
As the injured victim of a vehicle crash, you are likely eligible to file a claim for compensation to cover your medical expenses, lost wages and more. However, you should prepare for resistance from the insurance company, which may offer you a lowball settlement or even deny your claim altogether. This illustrates the importance of providing a medical report that not only describes your injury and the recommended treatment but also ties it directly to the crash so that the insurer cannot question when or where the injury occurred.
Even a minor car crash can cause serious injuries, especially to the neck, back and head. Some injuries may require weeks of rehabilitation and some will be so severe as to require a lifetime of care. That bump on your head may be indicative of a mild concussion, but only a doctor can tell if the damage goes deeper. Your diagnosis and the accompanying report are two good reasons to seek prompt medical attention following a car crash.