Filing a crash report and taking your vehicle to the auto shop was not the end of the accident, but the beginning. Once you’ve managed on-site safety procedures and handled insurance obligations, your next trip should be to the doctor.
If you can’t go right away, at least schedule an appointment. Understanding why you should see a doctor after a car accident can mean the difference between a significant settlement and the loss of rightful compensation.
The most obvious reason for going to the doctor is checking for injuries. Car accidents don’t always cause visible external damage. Rather, the force of impact causes blunt trauma, which may cause unseen damage, such as hairline fractures or internal bleeding.
When you go to the doctor immediately after a crash, you maximize your chances of identifying and treating every injury as early as possible. If you wait too long to go to the doctor, you risk further injury because you aren’t aware there’s an injury in the first place.
Going to the doctor also demonstrates a sense of urgency. If you go to the doctor within three days of an auto accident, you’re telling the insurance companies that although you didn’t go to the hospital, your injuries were severe enough to warrant immediate medical attention.
Additionally, seeing a doctor and getting a formal diagnosis creates a paper trail for both your attorney and the insurance companies. Having a doctor verify your injuries tells the insurance companies that your pain is genuine and improves your chances of receiving the compensation you deserve.If you or some you love suffered serious injuries in an auto accident, you might have a case. If you’d like an experienced Milnesville car accident attorney from Slusser Law Firm to evaluate your claim, give us a call at (570) 405-9953 or send us an email.