Yes. Even if you feel fine and there are no visible injuries, your body may be in a state of shock and unable to process pain. You may also have sustained internal injuries that only a medical professional can detect.
The onset of some serious injuries may also be delayed. For example, back and neck injuries — such as herniated disks — aren't always immediately noticeable. You may feel fine at the scene of the accident but begin experiencing a great deal of pain two or three days later.
Many insurance adjusters will try not to pay claims where there's been a delay in receiving treatment. Therefore, it's recommended that you go to a local emergency room or doctor's office as soon as possible for an initial evaluation. Mention any pain you're feeling, no matter how minor.
It's also important to document the injury in order to establish a causal link between the car accident and the pain that follows. If your physician has diagnosed an injury and prescribed medication and/or a treatment plan, be sure to follow their recommendations. Otherwise, you may have difficulty convincing the insurance adjusters that you're actually injured and in need of compensation.
Documenting the entire process — including any pain you're experiencing and treatment you're receiving — is the best way to pursue a claim.
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