Why You Should Go to a Doctor After a Car Accident

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If you’re ever involved in an accident, go to the doctor. Even if you don’t think you’re hurt, you should schedule an appointment. Treating your health with urgency can be the difference between receiving the settlement you deserve and a long fight with the insurance companies.

Hidden Trauma

Anyone bleeding after a car accident should seek immediate medical attention. It’s often difficult to judge the full extent of an injury until the wound is cleaned, examined, and covered. After a particularly bad accident, glittered glass can cause lacerations and may get caught in your skin. It would be extremely difficult to find these injuries without the help of a medical professional.

Car crashes almost always cause blunt trauma. While these injuries may bruise on the surface, the true extent of their damage lies under the skin. Severe blunt trauma from a car crash can cause cracked ribs and internal bleeding which may not be obvious until days or weeks later.

The safest course of action is to go to a doctor as soon as possible and get yourself checked out.

Insurance Settlements

Seeking medical attention also validates your insurance claims. If you wait more than three days to go to the doctor, your insurance company may suggest your injuries weren’t as severe as you claim. This can be devastating when it comes to cases of internal bleeding or organ damage, whose symptoms are not immediately apparent.

Even if you don’t receive a diagnosis for internal damage during your first appointment, going to the doctor creates a paper trail documenting your initiative. In the hands of an experienced attorney, this evidence can help you get the compensation you deserve.

If you suffered serious injuries in an auto accident, you might have a case. If you’d like an experienced Louisville personal injury attorney from Justice Law Office to evaluate your case, please call (502) 822-2230 or send us an email.

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