Car Accident FAQ: When Should I See a Doctor?
Posted By The Law Office of Daniel D. Horowitz, III, PC || 09-Feb-2015
If you were involved in a car accident, you probably feel overwhelmed. Damage to your vehicle – not to mention increased insurance costs – can lead to serious financial obligations. If you suffered an injury, it is vital to see a doctor and speak with an attorney about your legal options through a personal injury claim.
What if you feel fine after the accident?
Schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible after your accident. Without evidence of medical treatment, you may have difficulty seeking compensation for physical damages that appear at a later time.
Unlike some forms of personal injury, physical damage sustained in an auto accident may not manifest itself immediately. In fact, some injuries take several days to exhibit symptoms. This is especially true of head injuries and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), which may not exhibit symptoms for several months. Even when you begin to experience these symptoms, they can be subtle and difficult to identify without the help of a medical professional.
In short, “minor” injuries sustained in a car accident may not be minor at all, so speak to a doctor to ensure that you receive the medical treatment you need.
“When should I call my doctor?”
Sometimes, the symptoms of a serious injury don’t seem severe. If you experience any of the following symptoms after a car accident, seek medical attention; these could indicate a dangerous injury:
The longer you wait to contact a physician, the more difficult it will be for you to substantiate a personal injury claim. Additionally, waiting to seek medical attention for possible injuries can place your well-being and health on the line.
What to do Before You See a Doctor
You can begin gathering evidence for your claim even before you see a doctor. This includes taking pictures of any injuries, such as bruises, cuts, and scrapes. Additionally, you can document any pain or other symptoms that may be connected to an injury. Keeping a close record of your injury following the accident is not only useful information for your doctor, but for your attorney too.
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