Should I See a Doctor After a Car Accident?
If you believe that your car accident injuries are minor, you might be tempted to avoid seeing a doctor. Your failure to get a medical examination after a car crash, however, can endanger your health. It could also compromise your ability to recover the full amount of damages that you are entitled to receive from the negligent party.
A New York car accident lawyer from Douglas and London will always recommend that you see a doctor as soon as possible– regardless of how minor your injuries may be. If you are unable to do this, you should make every effort to have a medical exam within 24 hours.
Car Accident Injuries May Not Be Immediately Obvious
Trauma and injuries to your neck and back, your joints, or your muscles and other soft tissue might seem insignificant immediately after a car accident. This is especially true as the adrenaline from the accident numbs any pain that you would otherwise feel. Within a short time, an injured joint might begin to feel stiff, or you might experience worsening back pain.
Also, if you hit your head in a car accident, you can suffer a concussion and not be aware of it. However, after two or three days of worsening headaches, it will become obvious. In every instance, seeing a doctor soon after an accident can keep you from compromising your health even more.
Delaying a Doctor’s Examination Opens the Door for Intervening Causes
Many insurance companies require you to see a doctor within 72 hours of an accident to qualify for coverage for your medical costs. Furthermore, if you wait several days or more, the negligent party could argue that your injuries were caused by something else. They could also assert that your delay is proof that you did not suffer serious injuries– as a direct and proximate result of the car accident.
A prompt medical exam will better connect the accident with the injuries and the damages you can recover. That exam will also be an objective record of the state of your health in the immediate aftermath.
The Cost of the Doctor Visit Will Be Part of the Damages that You Might Be Entitled to Receive
The negligent party might also be liable to reimburse your costs and expenses for a medical exam after the car crash. You should not allow the cost of a doctor’s visit to prevent you from seeking post-accident medical attention. Your actual and anticipated future medical costs are a significant component of the damages that will be owed to you.
Follow All of Your Doctor’s Recommendations
Following your doctor’s recommendations after a car accident is at least as important as seeing the doctor in the first instance. Your doctor might tell you, for example, to schedule multiple follow-up appointments, to take certain medications or follow a course of physical therapy, or to rest and stay home from your job for several days or weeks. If you do not follow these recommendations, the negligent party could argue that your injuries were not severe and that you are not entitled to a significant damages award.
Contact Douglas and London for Experienced Legal Representation in Car Accident Cases
Please see our website or call us directly for more information about the importance of seeing a doctor after your automobile accident. Our attorneys have helped countless car accident victims in New York to recover the largest available damages awards for their losses and injuries. We can refer you to physicians and other medical personnel if you do not have a doctor for a post-car accident medical exam.