Why You Need a Medical Exam After a Motorcycle Accident
In New Jersey, you have an 82 percent chance of being injured in a motorcycle accident. Regardless of how high or low the chances are, you should get a medical exam because it's not always obvious you're injured. A trained health care professional can detect internal injuries.
Make a Personal Injury Claim With Greater Ease
If you don't immediately receive a medical exam after a motorcycle accident, the insurance company will interpret this as your injuries not being serious. Getting a checkup as soon as possible after your motorcycle accident makes it difficult for the other party to avoid responsibility for your injuries. You can receive the maximum amount of compensation you're entitled to when you immediately get a medical exam.
It's also important to follow your doctor's orders for treatment even if you feel good or start to feel better. Stopping treatment early or failing to follow your treatment plan can be used against you if you make a personal injury claim. Some problems with the spine may not cause you pain now but could cause pain months or years later when they aren't correctly treated.
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Not All Injuries Are Immediately Noticeable
A common question people have is, "Why do you need a medical exam even when you feel fine after an accident?" Not all injuries are immediately noticeable, and the adrenaline rush could be hiding signs of injury. You may notice symptoms of some types of injuries days, weeks or months later. After months have gone by, you're not likely to receive much compensation for your injuries due to not getting a checkup sooner.
Personal injury claims aside, your health is more important than money. Your injuries could be life-threatening or result in permanent damage to your body when you don't seek immediate medical care following a motorcycle accident.
Examples of injuries that aren't always immediately noticeable:
- Bleeding in the brain
- Internal bleeding
- Brain injuries
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries
- Nerve damage
- Muscle damage
If you're not able to go to the hospital after an accident, then schedule an appointment with your health care provider for a full medical evaluation. They are able to detect hidden injuries. Sometimes, back and neck problems aren't detected by your doctor, so we recommend a checkup with a chiropractor as well.
Prevent Injuries From Becoming Worse
Although you might feel thankful the adrenaline rush after an accident masks your pain, this can result in your injuries becoming worse when you don't seek immediate medical care. The only way to know if you have serious injuries or not is to undergo a full medical exam.
There have been instances in which car accident victims resumed their day assuming they were fine only to suddenly be hit with life-threatening problems like struggling to breathe and vomiting blood. The insurance company will also hold it against you if your injuries become worse as a result of not seeking immediate medical care.
Internal injuries can happen whether you were hit by another vehicle or you fell off of your motorcycle while trying to avoid a wreck. Any impact to the body can cause internal injuries. Because you don't have as much protection on your motorcycle as someone does in their car, you are at higher risk of internal injuries. As a person gets older, they also become more susceptible to serious injuries.
Possible internal injuries include:
- Aorta tears
- Organ tears or cuts
- Bleeding around the lungs
- Fractured ribs
- Kidney damage
- Liver damage
Road Rash May Require Medical Treatment
Some people mistake road rash as just scrapes, but debris can get inside your skin during a motorcycle accident. You'll need to receive an examination to know whether or not your wounds have debris in them. Foreign matter like dirt and glass left inside your skin can lead to infections. Road rash can be a serious injury that requires skin grafts or reconstructive surgery. It's advisable to wear protective gear to minimize road rash if you get into an accident.
Always get a medical exam as soon as possible after an accident. You want to make sure that you don't have internal injuries or foreign matter like glass and dirt inside your skin. Don't be too hasty in thinking you walked away with just a few scratches.
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