If you are involved in a car accident, it doesn’t matter if you feel completely fine. You must seek immediate medical attention. The biggest mistake many accident victims make is not seeking medical attention following an accident. This leaves you with more questions than answers, and it could leave you with injuries that get worse before they get better. You don’t want to spend the rest of your life suffering from a car accident injury you could have handled accordingly if you’d only gone to the doctor sooner. Now is the time to get to the doctor.
No one walks away from a car accident without becoming at least a little sore in the day or two following the accident. Your body was thrown around and shocked completely, and being sore is par for the course. However, sometimes your soreness is more than just a little ache or pain. Sometimes it’s an injury you cannot see, and it gets a lot worse before you go to the doctor.
Aches and Pains
Aches and pains come with car accidents, but they’re not always innocent. That headache might just be the result of dealing with accident reports, insurance companies, rental car facilities, and endless phone calls from friends and family asking if you’re all right. Car accidents are very stressful no matter how minor it is. It’s easy to assume your headache is a result of the stress of being involved in an accident, or it could indicate you have a concussion, whiplash, or a head injury you’re unaware of.
Seeking medical attention following an accident when you see blood or feel serious pain in the moment is an easy choice, but it’s not easy when you feel fine. Sometimes fine is just a temporary feeling, however, and you have serious injuries you’re unaware of. Internal bleeding, damaged organs, collapsed lungs, and more are injuries you might not feel right away. Additionally, some of the most serious injuries associated with car accidents can take several hours to appear following impact. The longer you go without medical attention, the bigger risk you place on your overall health.
The Risk of Denying Medical Care
Not accepting medical care could mean putting your health at risk. You could have a fracture you’re unaware of, internal injuries that could cause permanent damage, or even just a small injury that’s easy to repair in the moment that gets a lot worse because you ignored it. For example, if you have a small fracture in a bone you know nothing about, you could end up breaking the bone or causing a lot more damage to it by not seeking medical attention. If you seek medical attention and it’s caught right away, it will hurt less, and you won’t suffer more serious injuries.
If you are involved in an accident caused by someone else, you might file a lawsuit against them to cover your medical bills. It’s better for your case if your injuries are documented right away rather than being allowed to continue without assistance. Now is the time to contact your doctor and schedule an appointment so you can find any injuries, treat them, and get your medical records in order.
Many insurance companies will only pay up to $10,000 in medical bills. This means you could be stuck with major medical bills and no way to pay them. If you are, it’s time to call a personal injury attorney to discuss your rights. You shouldn’t be forced to pay for medical bills you didn’t incur on your own, and we can help you file a lawsuit.