Whether you are on a sunny beach vacation or navigating a storm on a highway in Middle America, any time that you get into a vehicle, there is a possibility that you will experience a car accident.

Car accidents of all types are more violent and potentially harmful than we often realize, even accidents that seem relatively minor. Some of us understand the sense of relief that comes over a person after they experience a car accident and do not suffer obvious injuries: a feeling that is often quite dangerous. A number of injuries do not cause pain at first, but may still bring major damage or death to the victim without proper medical care.

After any kind of car accident, it is wise to seek a full medical examination, even if you doubt that you suffered any injuries. It is much better to hear that you have a clear bill of health from a medical professional than avoid seeking treatment and suffer unnecessary pain or long-term effects. Furthermore, this can help you build a strong claim and keep your rights protected, if you did suffer injuries.

Emergency injuries

Most delayed pain injuries are potentially harmful, but a couple of them are actually potentially fatal. Victims who suffer internal bleeding or organ damage require medical attention immediately, or they may die in very ways.

Internal bleeding can prove deadly in two ways, both through blood loss and through infection. Too much blood loss is deadly to humans, no matter where or how it occurs. If a victim loses a great deal of blood from an external wound, they are obviously wounded. If they lose blood internally, the injury is not obvious, and they may never understand that they have an injury without proper diagnosis. On the other hand, a small internal injury may not pose a significant threat through blood loss, but the wound may grow an infection. If left untreated, the infection may spread to the entire body, which is deadly.

Similarly, if a victim suffers partial damage to an organ, then the body will attempt to heal itself instead of fully shutting the organ down. Over time, however, the organ may not heal fully, and the body may choose to shut it down, at which point the rest of the organs also begin to shut down. Organ failure is a slow and painful way to die, no matter how it occurs.

Protect your future after an accident

Many victims choose to skip a medical exam after a car accident, because it may seem inconvenient or expensive. Do not make this mistake if you recently experienced a car accident. By undergoing a full medical examination as quickly as you can after the accident, you may avoid a great deal of suffering, or may even save your life.