The fast and easy answer to this question is a bold, all caps, italicized YES.
After an accident, it’s easy to debate whether it’s worth visiting a doctor. You may feel fine and not want to take off time from work or other responsibilities. It’s easy to want to just get back to normal life as quickly as possible. However, there’s a variety of reasons you should seek medical treatment following an accident. Don’t just take my word for it–this is a free Ed-DREW-Cation from your pal, Drew.
1. PAIN CAN BE MASKED, SO LET’S UNMASK IT.
Your body may hide the side effects of a wreck for several days or even weeks. Basically, adrenaline and shock could keep you from noticing that there’s something wrong until long after sustaining a personal injury. Even a minor accident that caused little to no damage to your car can cause significant issues in your body. By seeing a doctor, visiting the emergency room or urgent care, or seeing a chiropractor early on, you can help get to the root of the problem faster, leading to a better recovery.
2. HOW SOON SHOULD I SEE A DOCTOR?
The quick answer? The same day as the accident, if possible–but no more than 72 hours later. Sometimes injuries, especially traumatic brain injuries, don’t appear until long after the wreck. If you wait for the pain to show up, you could be wasting precious days or weeks when you could already be receiving medical treatment. Waiting too long can make it super easy for insurance companies or other lawyers to argue that your injury wasn’t sustained during the accident, leaving you responsible for any medical bills you may have. Don’t let that happen.
Ultimately, you should seek medical care within 72 hours of a wreck, even if it seems minor at the time. Three days is enough time for the adrenaline and shock to decrease and establish a baseline if problems arise later.
3. DON’T LET MEDICAL BILLS SIDESWIPE YOU.
Unless you have telepathic powers, you won’t see an accident coming–meaning you didn’t have time to brace yourself. You may not see high medical bills coming either. When you receive medical treatment after an accident, bills will inevitably start to come in the mail, even if you used health insurance. Bivona Law can help set you up with medical treatment with providers who will hold their bill until your case is resolved, reducing the burden and worry of bills going to collection.
When push comes to shove, the easy answer to “Should I go to a doctor after an accident?” is a solid YES. You can contact Bivona Law before or after your doctor visit and let us help you get the medical treatment you need and the financial compensation you deserve after a car wreck or accident. At Bivona Law, we’re committed to helping you–no BS, no gimmicks. We have the expertise, experience, and dedication to resolve your personal injury case. So what are you waiting for? Call today for a free consultation.