The short answer is: Yes — you should see a doctor after a car accident or any other type of accident for that matter.
Many people may say, “but I feel fine,” or the accident wasn’t “that bad.” They may have an overall dislike of the doctor’s office, a hope that any injuries will heal on their own, a lack of time due to their busy lifestyle, an uncertainty about how they will pay for the doctor’s visit, or a general feeling of denial that anything serious could be possibly wrong (which is a perfectly natural reaction). Whatever the reason, people in fender benders, minor accidents, and even large car accidents may opt out of going to the doctor which could be detrimental to them for a number of reasons. Learn more about why you should see a doctor as soon as possible after a car accident.
Reason #1: Looking Out for Your General and Long-Term Health
There is a natural desire for many of us to tough it out. We may not want to cause a fuss over something that may seem small, and it sometimes feels like there is a stigma against common car accident injuries like whiplash. This could be in part due to the insurance companies claiming that these types of injuries are not legitimate and campaigning against them in order to offer lower settlements.
The truth is, however, there is nothing wrong with simply getting checked out by a doctor following an accident, especially if you feel any pain in any capacity whatsoever. Some injuries may not develop symptoms until days, weeks, or even months later. This can lead to many long-term effects down the road.
Your long-term physical AND mental health are just as important as a short-term injury. We want you to know that what you’re feeling is legitimate and warrants attention.
Reason #2: There Might Be Hidden Injuries
Just because you can’t see an injury doesn’t mean it’s not there. Internal bleeding, concussions, whiplash, injured organs and other internal injuries can lurk beneath the surface after even minor car accidents. When you’re in a car accident, your adrenaline kicks in. It’s your body helping you have the energy to deal with a dangerous situation. That adrenaline can also delay pain from an injury, though.
These injuries can also get worse (and more expensive) when they’re left untreated. Sometimes injuries of this nature kill people.
Reason #3: Avoiding Bogus Arguments From the Insurance Company
As a multi-million dollar industry, the insurance companies are known for doing whatever they can to pay you as little as possible, and they have many different tactics to do so. For example, if you delay going to see a doctor, the insurance company may claim your injuries weren’t severe enough to merit attention right away. They may also say that in the time between the accident and seeing the doctor, your injuries were from something else entirely.
While this bullying tactic isn’t fair to victims, which is why you should get in contact with a car accident lawyer in St. Louis in addition to seeking prompt medical treatment as soon as possible. We know their tactics and can effectively fight them.
Reason #4: Medical Treatment Establishes Critical Evidence To Be Used in Your Personal Injury Claim
Perhaps the most important reason for seeing a doctor is that it helps establish evidence that can be used to prove the extent of your injuries. After all, if you can’t prove them, your injury simply won’t exist in the eyes of the court and to the insurance company.
Put simply, the longer you wait, the more challenging it’ll be to get compensation you need for piled up medical bills, lost wages, and more. Make sure you keep any documents that the medical facility provides. Doctor’s notes, X-rays, and patient files are all definitive proof that you’ve suffered as much as you say you have. Keep track of all bills as well!
Get in Touch With a Car Accident Lawyer in St. Louis Who Cares
At The Hayden Law Firm, it’s our privilege to provide outstanding legal services to victims of accidents of all types, regardless of age, financial situations, or other factors.
If you have been in an accident, it is vitally important to visit your doctor. Only after getting your health in check, we can get started on your claim. Contact us or call a personal injury lawyer in St. Louis, MO, at The Hayden Law Firm at (314) 480-3100 for a free, no-risk consultation.