Las Vegas Attorney Discusses Why You Should Always Seek Medical Attention After a Pedestrian Accident
Pedestrian crashes can happen quickly with little time to react. These accidents can be overwhelming, and if you’re able to get back up without any complications, seeking medical treatment may be the last thing on your mind.
That’s what happened recently near the Las Vegas Strip, according to Kolo News Now. Six pedestrians were struck when the back end of a tour bus drove up onto a curb. At the time of the accident, the pedestrians refused to seek medical attention. No injuries were reported.
What you can learn from this accident
In this case, the biggest mistake the pedestrians made was refusing to seek medical attention. Unfortunately, we have seen this happen far too many times. As the pain and discomfort starts to set in, and medical care is required, accident victims are often denied compensation.
Even if you don’t feel hurt, you should always get medical attention after an accident. You may have sustained an injury with delayed symptoms. Such injuries can include:
- Concussion: When the impact of an accident causes your brain to hit against the inside of your skull, you can suffer a mild traumatic brain injury called a concussion. In many cases, symptoms can be subtle, but can worsen over time. Accident victims often experience head pressure, confusion, loss of memory, dizziness, fatigue, and delayed reaction.
- Whiplash: While this type of injury is most common in rear-end auto accidents, any trauma that causes the head to whip back and forth quickly can result in whiplash. Symptoms can include neck pain, spasms, limited range of motion, headaches, fatigue, dizziness, and tingling in limbs.
- Internal Injury: You may have sustained an internal injury that can result in serious, and life-threatening, complications if left untreated. This can include internal bleeding, organ damage, damaged blood vessels, and internal swelling.
Why seeking medical attention is important for your claim
After a pedestrian accident, you may want to pursue a personal injury claim. In order to do this successfully, you must take action immediately.
Many delayed and hidden injuries are hard to prove. For this reason, insurance companies will look for any opportunity to downplay your claim, or deny it altogether. However, when you seek medical attention, your doctor can document the details of your injury and what caused it.