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Importance of Seeking Medical Attention After an Auto Accident
It’s easy to put off visiting a doctor after an accident, especially if you believe your injury is benign. Even if you think your headache will go away if you drink water or that your wounds will heal without sutures, there’s no reason to wait to visit a doctor. Here are four reasons why you should visit your doctor right after an accident.
- Adherence to your insurance
Unfortunately, not all insurance policies will cover everything. Most will require you to report the issue as soon as something happens. This report will become pertinent if you do find yourself experiencing symptoms days or weeks after the incident. Something as significant as a concussion is most likely to appear MUCH later than a visible disfigurement. Not reporting right away could cause you to lose out on thousands of dollars that you will need to aid you in the recovery process.
To help you understand just how severe not reporting right away can be, here is a list of symptoms that you could obtain even after going to the doctor right after an accident:
- Difficulties in Concentration
- Cloudy Thinking
- Blurry Vision
- Memory Problems
- Over Sleeping
- Low energy
- Balance Issues
If you do not report the incident right away, there will be nothing that your insurance company can do if you do find an issue further down the line.
- Understanding Your Body Post Trauma
An accident can produce a lot of force, which can cause a lot of damage to the body. Because the human body cannot withstand heavy force trauma, it almost always results in serious harm. Injuries are common and even likely in low-blunt trauma that causes little or no damage to the vehicles. People rarely notice an accident coming before being struck, leaving them with little time to prepare and brace for contact. Because the sudden contact causes a forceful shaking of the neck and body, accident victims nearly usually suffer from whiplash or another type of soft tissue injury.
- Proactive Treatment
Numerous people are unaware that the body’s chemicals can disguise pain and severe damage symptoms, a direct reaction to the trauma you experienced in the accident. As a result, if left untreated, your pain symptoms would likely arise a few days or even weeks later and become significantly worse.
- Importance of Medical Records to Your Case
Suppose you want the irresponsible party that caused the accident to pay for your medical bills and treatments. In that case, you’ll need to keep accurate records of your injuries and treatments as soon as possible after the accident. Accident records and police reports filed at the scene of the accident aid in the claims procedure.
If you have not received a medical diagnosis or treatment after two weeks, proving you were not at fault will become progressively challenging. The insurance company would argue that your injuries were reported too late after the accident and that they must have been caused by something else, absolving them of responsibility and requiring you to pay for your medical treatment.
With these four items in mind, you need to make sure that you go to the doctor as soon as an accident has occurred. You want to ensure that all responsible parties are paying what they rightfully owe while leaving room for your insurance company to help if required.