Post # 1
I was rear-ended on my way to work this morning (about an hour ago) and I thought I was fine, but now I am sitting a work with terrible headache from hitting the back of my head against my headrest.
At the time, I really thought I was fine, so I didn’t say anything to the police. I did mention the headache to my insurance company, though.
So, (1) Should I ask my boss if I can leave work… I mean, it’s just a headache, but it’s a bad one.
(2) Do I need to call the officer and let him know? And do you think I should see a doctor?
I’ve never been even a bit hurt in a car accident before. Maybe I’m just being a wimp?
Post # 3
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
I would see a doctor, tell them you were in an accident and they will document everything. The person who hit you should have to pay for your medical bills assuming they were at fault. It is always best to document everything, even if it ends up being nothing.
I was rear ended oh let’s see three times now?! I was stopped each time at a red light or stop sign (once a railway crossing) and someone just drove into the back of my car! Once at full speed which thankfully was “only” 40 mph. I was fine each time aside from some bruising, whiplash, cuts and scrapes but I went to the doctor. They will usually do a C-Spine X-ray and check you over for any cuts and bruises. They might tell you to follow up if headaches continue.
Post # 4
Go see a doctor and let them know about the accident. They will document anything so it will hopefully be covered by the other persons insurance. I suggest going now, I got into a car accident where I ended up having whip lash and my pupils became dialated because I hit my head on the window, I refused the ambulance (dumb) and after the adrenaline was gone I was so sore and in pain that my mom had to drive me. Please go now, even though it’s “just a headache” it could be something more serious!
Post # 5
I would go to the walk-in and tell them you were rear ended. They’ll probably just do an x-ray, but it’s always good to have some sort of documentation that you were injured in case it gets worse later.
Post # 6
I don’t know what laws are in your state but as an experienced car accident person (7, none my fault, hurt in someway in all of them, concussions, neck injury, broken bones) you need to see a doctor/er as soon as possible for the insurance end of it. You should call your insurance company and let them know you are hurt. In PA you get a claim number from your own company, not sure how your state works. The longer you wait, the more trouble they give you later about covering the costs. It’s probably nothing serious and could just be adrenallin, but better safe than sorry. Sorry to hear about the accident, they always are terrible 🙁
Post # 7
I’ve called my primary care physician and I have an appointment for this afternoon. My back is starting to ache to… I’ve already filed a claim for the accident. When the insurance person calls, I’ll let them know I’m going to see a doctor…
Anything else I should do?
Post # 8
@LadyBear I’m glad you are getting checked out. I think by contacting your insurance for the claim and letting them know you are going to the Dr’s you are on the right track. Good luck and keep us updated. Also you may want to take some advil to help with the aches, sadly I know with mine they just got way worse.
Post # 9
@LadyBear: Adrenaline causes most people to not feel the injury initially. The more time that goes by you will feel it more. We used to tell our patients in the ER that day 2 and 3 would be the worst. If you suffered a whiplash injury you need to get it documented and treated. This will be a must for the insurance company as well if you file a claim against the person that hit you. Whiplash can cause lasting effects for years. As a side note, my daughter was in a terrible accident when someone pulled out in front of her while she was going 65 mph and she suffered whiplash and has had terrible migraines since. She is 20 and will always have issues now. Get evaluated! If not in an urgent care then make an appt with your primary. Call first thing in the morning because most offices save so many time slots for same day appts. I guarantee you will feel worse this evening and even worse tomorrow 🙁 Anti-inflammatories will be your friend (as long as you do not have tummy issues). Good luck!
Post # 10
As long as you have proof of all of your doctor visits and a police report of the accident, you will be covered in case your injury ends up being serious. I hope you feel better soon and your car is fixed by them for nothing!
Post # 11
I’d go see the doctor if you think it may be an injury that requires further treatment. You have 24 hours after an accident to seek medical treatment for insurance purposes, I believe.
Post # 12
@LadyBear: Glad to hear you’re going to a doctor… you really should get checked out! Head and back/neck injuries are nothing to mess around with.
I would also call your insurance agent and report that you started having headaches shortly after getting to work, and have made an appointment immediately. As crappy as it is, the other person’s insurance might try to deny payment since you didnt seek treatment right away.
I wouldn’t worry about calling the police. Once the initial report has been filed, the insurance agencies generally take it from there.
Post # 13
Good luck with the claim. I hope things work out alright for you. I have been rearended twice, the first put me in PT for months to get my shoulders to relax.
Post # 14
Thanks, ladies. I saw my primary care physician yesterday and she gave me a prescription for pain meds and sent me for x-rays of my skull and spine. I’m pretty stiff today and my back aches badly, but hopefully the medicine will kick in soon.
I’m to go back in a week for a checkup to see if I’m okay or if I will need any PT. (I’m of the opinion that I am just sore and will be fine!)
Both my doctor and the imaging center are billing the other driver’s insurance company and both companies know I sought medical treatment. In addition, I’m going today to have the (hopefully minor) damage appraised by her insurance as they have agreed to cover the repair costs.
Thanks for the advice! I’ve never been rear-ended before.
Post # 15
@TriciaG: I’m sorry to hear about your daughter! I get migraines so I know how terrible they can be.
Post # 16
@LadyBear: You are so right, they are terrible. I get them too…every month. Stupid hormones lol
Was wondering how you were doing. You probably feel pretty rough today 🙁 Take care!