It would be wise if you go to the doctor after a car accident even if you do not feel hurt. Whether you should go to your doctor’s office, an urgent care center, or the emergency room will depend on the facts of your situation. Any of these locations can help treat your injuries.
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Delayed Onset of Symptoms
Signs of some injuries can show up right away, or the indications can take hours or days after the injury to appear. For example:
- Concussions can have delayed symptoms like sensitivity to light and sound, sleep disorders, and problems with memory and concentration.
- An undiagnosed spinal cord injury can become critical during the days and weeks after the injury as fluids accumulate around your spinal cord, along with bleeding, inflammation, and swelling.
- It can take 24 hours or longer for the signs of whiplash to appear.
- If you experienced a forceful blow to the left side of your chest or abdomen in the collision, your spleen could rupture days or weeks after the crash. The internal bleeding from the rupture can be fatal.
Also, the adrenaline that can rush through your body immediately after a car accident can mask the sensation of pain, making it hard for you to detect whether you are hurt. Whenever you have been in a significant collision, you should let a medical expert perform a trauma evaluation. These professionals know how to discover hidden injuries.
Linking Your Injuries to the Accident
Another reason to get medical attention right after a car accident is to connect your injuries to the crash. If you delay in going for medical care, the person who caused the accident can deny that your injuries came from the collision. The longer you wait to go to the doctor or emergency room, the harder it might be for us to prove that the accident caused the harm you suffered.
We will have to prove all four of these factors to hold someone responsible for your losses:
- The defendant had a legal duty of care. Drivers are obligated to drive with caution and to obey the traffic laws.
- The defendant was negligent. If the at-fault driver was careless and did not live up to the legal standard of the duty of care, they were negligent.
- The negligence must be the thing that caused the wreck and your injuries. This is why it is so important to see a doctor after an accident. By getting a medical examination directly after the accident, a doctor will tie your injuries to the crash and the negligence that caused it.
- The defendant’s negligence must cause you to sustain harm. Physical injuries satisfy this final element. Your medical records are one way to prove this factor.
The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine
If you were injured in a car accident, it would benefit you to go to the doctor after a car accident, if you do not feel hurt. You do not have to navigate through the injury claims process by yourself.