Yes! The importance of receiving a prompt medical evaluation after a motor vehicle accident simply cannot be overstated. Seeking immediate medical care not only protects your health, but also your ability to collect compensation for accident-related injuries and other losses.
Just because you weren't rushed from the scene of the crash to the nearest hospital via ambulance doesn't mean you weren't injured.
Some car crash injuries—including whiplash and other soft-tissue injuries—can take hours or even days to present symptoms. That doesn't mean they aren't related to the accident and that you shouldn't be compensated for them. Late-appearing injuries can be painful or, in some cases, even debilitating.
Common late-appearing injuries include neck, shoulder and back pain; severe headaches that could indicate a head injury; concussions; and internal bleeding.
Seeing a doctor as soon as possible and stating you've been in an accident are essential steps in protecting your right to recovery. This gets the crash on record and, if you have to return to the doctor with late-appearing injuries, it allows them to be documented as being related to your recent incident.
However, it's important to note if you end up deciding to pursue an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit for accident-related injuries, seeing the doctor once or twice usually doesn't provide sufficient documentation of an injury. Attending all follow-up visits and adhering to the doctor's treatment plan exactly can help accident victims build a stronger case.
Our Experience Will Help Your Car Crash Case
If you were injured in a car accident caused by another person or entity's negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Seeing a doctor after the accident can increase your odds of achieving a successful case resolution.
The Accident and Injury Law Group's skilled attorneys can help you understand your legal rights and options. Contact us today to request an appointment for a free initial case consultation.