Should I Seek Medical Treatment After a Car Accident?
When you’re involved in a car accident, your senses can be elevated. It’s common to feel relieved when you avoid a close-call and walk away with a minor strained neck but no broken bones. Oftentimes, after relatively minor automobile accidents, many people believe they were not injured, or don’t consider their small injuries worth following up on. They might feel a little sore, but that seems natural, so they do not seek medical treatment.
This is a mistake. Even if you believe you were not injured—or, at least, not injured too badly—failing to seek medical attention can prove costly. Forgoing medical treatments after a car accident can hurt your ability to recover from injuries that become apparent days or weeks later.
To avoid this problem, see a doctor as soon after an auto accident as possible. While you might feel okay in the immediate aftermath of an accident, adrenaline could mask your symptoms or no symptoms have surfaced yet. Many symptoms do not manifest immediately, particularly after a relatively minor accident, including:
Even if you believe that you were not injured at the time of the accident, some symptoms might not surface for days. Immediate medical attention is best for your health and also bolsters any personal injury claim you might have. If you wait for days or weeks to seek care, you make it more difficult to show that your injuries initially resulted from your accident, and were not caused by a later event.
Where Should I Seek Medical Care After a Traffic Accident?
Most people’s inclination is to avoid a visit to a doctor or a hospital, preferring to wait and see if they really need to seek medical treatment. This can make the injury worse and weaken your claim for compensation. People who are hurt go to see doctors, right?
This means that if you have any chance of injuries—and if you are in an auto accident, there is always a chance you were injured—then you should seek medical attention immediately. Let EMTs treat you at the scene, then go to the emergency room afterward. Because the ER usually just wants to be sure you aren’t badly injured and then get rid of you, you also should see a doctor as soon as possible, especially if you are feeling pain. All of this may reveal that you are, in fact, not injured. But you won’t know until you ask, and it is good to be sure. Even if you believe you haven’t been hurt, you should always seek medical care after the accident to protect your health and your rights.
If You Were in an Automobile Accident in the Savannah Area, Call Hasner Law
If you were in a traffic accident in the Savannah area, take advantage of a free case evaluation to determine if an attorney can help maximize your compensation for your injuries. The attorneys at Hasner Law can help. Contact Hasner Law at (912) 234-2334 or at their online contact form.