If you were fortunate enough to walk away from a car accident with only a few relatively minor bumps and bruises, or no injuries at all, you might think there’s no need to see a doctor. This is a serious mistake—and one that can really hurt you in the long run.
Seeking prompt medical treatment after an accident is crucial to protect your health, as well as the integrity of a future insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit. Don’t let inaction threaten your ability to collect compensation for damages.
If you were in a car accident, here’s why you should see a doctor as soon as possible.
Protect Your Health
Your health is one of the most important things you have and while not seeing a doctor after an accident may not seem hazardous at first, it definitely can be.
Here are a few reasons why:
- You can be injured—even seriously injured—and not know it. This is because during traumatic or high-stress situations such as car accidents, adrenaline and other endorphins flood the body, giving it a boost of energy. This reaction also masks pain, meaning you might feel fine, even if you aren’t. When the adrenaline “high” subsides, a victim will begin to feel the true extent of their injuries. Additionally, some soft tissue injuries can take days to present.
- Seemingly minor injuries can sometimes develop into significant health problems if not diagnosed and treated in a timely manner.
- Doctors have extensive experience working with the victims of car accidents, and are trained to recognize subtle symptoms and injuries that victims might not even know to attribute to the crash.
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Protect Your Car Accident Claim or Case
Insurance company adjusters are not on your side. They have an eye toward the company’s bottom line and will work to reduce its financial obligation to you using any means necessary. Defendants and their attorneys will also do whatever they can to limit their liability and financial responsibility. Don’t give them the ammunition they need to sink your insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit.
See a doctor as soon as possible after a car crash—preferably within two days of the accident. Waiting even just a week can put your case in jeopardy, as the insurance company may claim that you have a gap in treatment, and insist that whatever injuries you have are the result of a separate incident.
Some accident victims delay medical treatment because they’re not sure where to go. The good news is that you can get the examination and treatment you need from a family doctor, emergency room physician, or walk-in clinic doctor. Also, after being diagnosed with an accident-related injury or condition, it’s important to have consistent follow-up for treatment.
Important Evidence in Car Accident Cases
Medical records play a huge role in personal injury claims and lawsuits, and the earlier you can begin documenting an accident-related condition, the better. Your personal injury attorney will use your records and the testimony of medical experts to prove your injury claims. Other important evidence in car crash cases includes photographs of the accident scene and eyewitness testimony.
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Do You Need a Car Accident Lawyer?
If you were involved in a car accident, seeking prompt medical attention is the best way to protect your health, as well as your financial and legal interests. Delaying medical treatment, even for just a short time, can be costly. Don’t let simple mistakes cheat you out of the compensation you deserve. Randy Sevenish of Sevenish Law can provide the honest, yet aggressive, representation you need.