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Do you need immediate medical attention after an accident?

On Behalf of | Mar 8, 2024 | PERSONAL INJURY (PLAINTIFF) - Car Accidents |

It’s crucial to seek medical attention immediately after a car accident. This step is necessary even if you feel fine or believe you are not injured. 

Here is why you need to see a doctor:

Discover injuries

A doctor should examine you after an accident to discover injuries. If you have noticeable injuries, including cuts, burns or sprains, this may be more manageable.

However, with invisible injuries, such as whiplash, internal bleeding, concussions or spinal cord injuries that can take longer before showing symptoms, the doctor will perform several tests to discover them.

Get treatment 

Once the doctor diagnoses you, they will determine the appropriate treatment for you. If you have a fracture, you may need a cast and so on. The doctor may even refer you to a specialist, such as a surgeon, chiropractor or physical therapist if your injury requires specialized treatment. Timely treatment can prevent conditions from worsening

Protect your claim

Besides getting treatment, immediate medical attention can benefit your claim. The other driver’s insurance company may use delayed treatment to deny your claim or the compensation you deserve. It may state a factor outside the accident may have led to your injuries since you were exposed to different elements when you left the accident scene. That’s why a doctor’s office needs to be your first stop after a crash.

The doctor’s record will state the time you visited, injuries discovered, treatments implemented and medical bills. These are vital details that can strengthen a claim. 

If you are involved in an accident, postponing medical treatment can disadvantage you. Seek medical help to confirm you are in good shape and to protect your claim. Consider legal guidance to understand the steps to take after an accident in depth.