Following your auto collision, people don’t always choose to pursue immediate medical care. This is a huge mistake! Seeking a doctor after your auto collision will not only ensure you get the medical attention you may need, it also provides helpful documentation to prove you sustained injury if you need to receive compensation for your injuries or damages.
For Your Health
Injuries may not present themselves right away. Sometimes it takes days or weeks for symptoms to appear. If you consult a medical professional immediately following your auto collision, they’ll be able to identify these injuries before they worsen, which can seriously protect your health.
When you get in an auto collision, oftentimes your body will react with a surge of adrenaline. While this reaction can minimize pain, it can prevent you from realizing that something is wrong. This means that you may not have a serious injury until it’s too late.
Here are a few common injuries that occur during an auto collision that often go unnoticed and undiagnosed until a considerable amount of time has passed:
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Internal bleeding
- Soft tissue damage
While you may not be able to identify these conditions immediately, a medical professional may be able to. Which is why it’s important to seek medical care after your auto collision. When you see a doctor, you should hopefully receive a thorough evaluation to see if you’ve sustained any injuries. Make sure you inform the doctor or medical attendant that you’re seeking care because you were involved in an auto collision so they can record that detail within their notes and they know to keep an eye out for injuries that may not have immediately noticeable symptoms.
Your physical exam should include:
- Neurological tests (to see if you’ve sustained injury to your brain)
- CAT scan
To Protect Your Insurance Claim
Receiving medical care immediately after your auto collision is important to ensuring your insurance claim isn’t affected, too. Insurers often try to deny claims or limit the amount of compensation they have to pay. If medical care is not pursued after an accident, the insurance company may try to argue that your claim isn’t valid. Seeking medical attention provides proof for your claim. Your doctor can confirm the severity of your injuries and can link them to the auto collision. Your medical records act as incredibly important supporting evidence in your claim!
Contact An Experienced Auto Accident Attorney For Help
Working with an expert auto accident lawyer can help ensure you receive the maximum amount of compensation for your injury claim. Contact The Clardy Law Firm to receive your consultation with one of our experienced car and truck accident attorneys .