How Important Is it to Go to the Doctor After Sustaining an Accident Injury?
- posted: Jul. 04, 2022
Car accidents are a leading cause of injuries and deaths in the United States. While some accidents are minor and result in little more than a few scratches, others can be much more serious. If you are involved in a car accident, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible, even if you do not think you were injured that badly.
The following are some major reasons to see a doctor after sustaining an accident injury:
- To begin treatment immediately — The sooner you start treatment, the better may be your chances of obtaining effective treatment. Many car accident injuries, such as whiplash, can be effectively treated if they are caught early. Delaying treatment can often make injuries worse and may even lead to permanent damage that requires extensive treatment.
- To discover hidden injuries that could cause pain later on — You may be in shock after an accident, and adrenaline can mask pain. By seeking medical attention after a car accident, you might reduce your risk of developing chronic pain or other problems that may not reveal themselves until weeks or months after the accident. A doctor can perform a thorough examination and order tests to check for injuries that are not immediately apparent. A doctor can also rule out internal injuries like internal bleeding, which is one of the most dangerous consequences of a car accident that may go unnoticed at first.
- To ensure that your injuries are documented — Another important reason for going to the doctor after sustaining an accident injury is to make sure your injuries are documented. You can obtain copies of all medical records and billing information related to your initial treatment.
A complete medical file will generally include a record of:
- Treatments received
- Diagnoses made
- Recommended treatments
- Medications prescribed
- Opinions and conclusions by a health care provider
- Billing and medical codes
Documentation of your injuries will be necessary if you decide to file an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit. A doctor can provide official documentation of your injuries, which can be used as evidence your auto accident case.
An early and thorough diagnosis can be critical for your claim because insurance companies may try to devalue or deny claims if the injured party did not seek medical attention in a timely manner. An insurance company may argue that the injury was not serious enough or that it was preexisting because you waited to receive treatment.
I am a highly experienced Texas trial lawyer, having practiced in the field of personal injury trial law for over 30 years. If you were hurt in an accident that caused you significant harm, I can explain to you the importance of documenting your injuries. Call the Leland Reinhard Law Firm at 817-645-5400 or contact me online to schedule an initial consultation at my Cleburne office.