The time after a car accident is stressful, you might feel like you have a million things to do, so making a trip to the doctor’s office may not seem like a priority, especially if you feel healthy. However, neglecting to go to the doctor after an accident, no matter how minor, could be a mistake.
Seeing a trained medical professional is crucial. You may need a thorough examination to determine if you really are healthy and injury-free. Sometimes injuries may not present themselves to an untrained eye so it is safest to see a doctor. You do not want to run into complications down the road.
Car accidents can cause serious injuries, even some that may not be immediately obvious. Common car accident injuries include:
- Head and back injuries – brain injuries like concussions, skull fractures, hearing and vision loss, herniated disks, spinal cord injuries
- Neck and chest injuries – whiplash, vocal cord paralysis, cardiac arrest, collapsed lungs, broken ribs, internal bleeding
- Hand, arm or wrist sprains and fractures
- Broken legs, ligament damage
All of these injuries, and those not mentioned, are serious and require medical attention from an experienced professional. You do not want to wait to get these treated so you can get back on your feet again.
Not only will seeing a doctor help you treat your injuries, it is also important when filing a claim. You will need documentation that you went to get medical treatment in order to get compensation for your injuries.
Though seeing a doctor might not be at the top of your list of things to do after a car accident, it should be a priority for the sake of your health and wellness.