When should you go to the doctor with injuries after a car accident?
If you are injured in a car accident, it is critical that you seek medical attention as quickly as possible. If 911 is called, emergency services will be on the scene and you will have the option of letting them treat you, taking an ambulance to the hospital, or declining their services.
However, it is important to understand that your mind and body can actually hide injuries after an accident. This is why you should seek medical attention quickly, even if you decline assistance at the scene.
There is ample evidence that an accident can trigger your body to produce hormones that act similar to morphine. These are known as endorphins.
The stress and fear caused by the accident allows endorphins as well as adrenalin to mask any pain you may have from an injury. You may not even realize you were hurt for several days as your body slowly recovers from the shock of the crash.
If you have ever been in an accident, even a minor one, you know that a day or two after the accident you feel much more pain than you did immediately after it happened. There have been people who claim that they felt perfectly fine at the accident scene and when they got home but, the next day, they felt as if they had been run over by a truck.
These are not people who simply want to “get rich quick” from an accident settlement. They are telling the truth as the adrenaline and endorphins helped protect them from the pain initially.
If you have symptoms, see a doctor
Anyone who has symptoms after an accident, even if it is a few days later, needs to see a doctor. Symptoms such as pain, dizziness, nausea, feeling different than normal, etc. need to be checked as soon as possible.
Never go under the assumption that the symptoms will go away. Some could indicate a serious injury that may have lasting effects, such as a concussion or whiplash.
Listen to the doctor
It may be tempting to ignore the doctor when they tell you to take it easy and rest, but you need to do exactly that after a car accident injury. Getting better is just one reason to follow doctors orders, but there is an even more important one.
Your doctor’s records will be used to document your injury should you need to file a claim. The medical records will include treatment, doctor’s advice and may even note if you fail to comply with what you are told to do.
Get a copy of your records
Ask your doctor for a copy of your records and look them over. You may find things noted that need correction or explanation. Be sure to review the description of the accident to be sure the doctor noted the information correctly. The doctor may have written that you were in a vehicle traveling at 25 miles per hour when it was actually 35 miles per hour.
This could result in a lower settlement offer as the insurance company will view your injuries as those that could occur at a lower speed rather than a higher speed. Be sure your symptoms are stated correctly as well and that your doctor has the correct medical history.
If you have been injured in a car accident, you need to seek medical attention as soon as possible, even if you do not think you were injured or that your injuries are not serious. Neck, head and back injuries may not have symptoms immediately but could become very serious quickly. If you suffered one of these common car accident injuries, legal experts are ready to help. Contact an attorney to discuss your options and learn the value of your case.