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Do I need to see a doctor after a car crash?

On Behalf of | Jan 11, 2024 | Auto Accidents

Car crashes can lead to very serious injuries, some of which aren’t easily noticed. Add in victims who are dealing with an adrenaline rush and it’s even easier for injuries to go unnoticed. Because of this, it’s critical that all victims get immediate medical care when a wreck occurs.

Consider these points if you’re wondering why you should seek medical care after a crash:

Hidden injuries and delayed symptoms

One of the key reasons to see a doctor immediately is the potential for hidden injuries. For example, whiplash or a brain injury may not present symptoms until several hours or days after the event. Similarly, internal injuries, such as internal bleeding or organ damage, might not be immediately evident. These conditions can be life-threatening if not diagnosed and treated promptly.

Medical documentation

Medical records are vital to file an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit. Without a medical report, it can be challenging to prove that your injuries were a direct result of the car wreck. This documentation becomes particularly vital if symptoms of an injury appear or worsen days after the wreck.

Impact on long-term health

Early medical intervention can significantly impact your long-term health. A doctor can assess for injuries that, if left untreated, could lead to chronic pain or long-term disability. Early diagnosis and treatment can mean a quicker and more complete recovery.

Insurance considerations

Insurance companies often scrutinize car wreck claims. If there is a delay in seeking medical attention, insurers may argue that the injuries were not serious or were unrelated to the wreck. Seeing a doctor immediately helps to establish a clear link between the wreck and your injuries, which is essential for any insurance or legal claims.

Peace of mind

Seeing a doctor after a car crash provides peace of mind. Knowing that you have been thoroughly checked and cleared of any severe injuries can alleviate anxiety and stress following a wreck.

If you’re going to seek compensation after a crash, it’s critical that you take action quickly. Working with someone familiar with these matters can help you learn the options in your case and move forward with the appropriate steps. The process will likely be easier if you have medical documentation.