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Why you should always go to the hospital after an injury

On Behalf of | Dec 14, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

If you ever believe you’ve been involved in an event that may have led to serious injuries, it’s important to go to the hospital as soon as possible and talk to a medical professional. Let them make a diagnosis. Only move forward with your life after you know exactly what type of injuries you’re facing.

This may sound obvious, and it often is when the injuries themselves are fairly obvious. But there are sometimes problems where people suffer injuries, they don’t realize it themselves, and then they skip that trip to the hospital. This can make things much worse. Let’s look at a few reasons why this could happen, and why you want to avoid such a mistake.

You may not feel the pain until later

One potential reason is that, if you’ve been involved in a traumatic event, the adrenaline rush you felt could be masking your pain. This often happens after car accidents, for example. People have a serious adrenaline rush during the accident itself, and then it covers up the pain of their injuries so they think they weren’t hurt at all. This can delay treatment that you may have needed to get immediately after the crash because you don’t know that you need it until the adrenaline wears off.

Some injuries naturally get worse over time

You also have to remember that some injuries are not going to heal on their own, but are only going to become more severe as time passes. Internal bleeding is a great example of this, or a subdural hematoma, which is bleeding near your brain. This can lead to all sorts of complications, from excessive blood loss to neural cell death. Much of it can be avoided with prompt treatment, but allowing the bleeding to continue – even unintentionally – puts you at severe risk.

Do you deserve compensation?

When you do suffer these types of serious injuries, the costs can be extravagant. This is often why people skip the trip to the hospital. Instead of doing that, just make sure you know how to seek compensation from the person who caused the injuries.