The first concern after a car accident is seeing to your health and well-being. Emergency responders will likely approach you and ask to look you over, and it is always wise to accept their offer. They can see things you cannot, such as the reaction of your eyes and the condition of your skin, that could indicate injuries you may not realize you have suffered.
However, even if emergency medical technicians assess you and find no obvious injuries, it is critical that you seek medical attention as soon as possible, especially if you are having any pain or discomfort. While it is normal to feel sore after the jostling of a motor vehicle accident, you cannot always be certain that the pain you are feeling isn’t indicating a more serious issue.
Why should I go to the doctor if I feel fine?
Not every injury is obvious in the first moments following an accident. Concussions or brain injuries, whiplash and soft tissue injuries may not present their symptoms until your body’s natural pain killers, adrenaline and endorphins, have faded. By going to the emergency room, you can meet with doctors who will run tests to see if you have an injury. Even then, you should make a follow-up appointment with your own physician. Besides discovering hidden injuries, a visit to the doctor can have these benefits:
- If you have suffered more serious injuries, you will have medical records from immediately after the accident, which insurance companies are more likely to accept than those records delayed for weeks or months.
- Further down the line, if you should decide to file a personal injury claim, you may have difficulty finding an attorney who will take your case because of the gaps in medical care.
- Once a Florida attorney has agreed to represent your personal injury claim, your delay in seeking medical attention may make it more challenging for you to obtain the compensation you may need and deserve.
- The insurers and those deciding a personal injury case may suspect fraud unless you have medical records from immediately after the incident.
Not only will a trip to the doctor after your accident put your mind at ease and allow you to get treatment much sooner for potentially dangerous injuries, but it can also provide a solid base for any future claims for compensation, whether from insurance companies or through the civil courts.