Why Should I See A Doctor Even If I Don’t Feel Injured
Here’s the scenario:
You’re driving on the highway, minding your own business. Suddenly, the moment changes from one of peace and calm to chaos and excitement. Your beloved car is crunched up, and it’s all the other person’s fault.
You were following the rules of the road and they weren’t. But although your car isn’t looking too good, you feel fine. After negotiating insurance details and getting a police report, should you just go home?
You may think that if you feel ok, you are ok. And most of the time, you would probably be right. But as far as car accidents are concerned, it’s hard to say for sure without seeing a medical professional. Don’t risk your health by assuming everything’s ok.
As soon as you’re done talking to the other driver, your first stop should be a hospital. If you don’t think it’s an emergency, instead opt for some place that does immediate or walk-in care.
Tell the doctor what happened, and they’ll be able to run all the necessary tests to see if there may be something wrong with you that’s more than skin-deep.
The fact of the matter is that our bodies can mask pain after high-stress accidents, like a car accident. Your adrenaline may be pumping so much that your body doesn’t even register the pain… until it goes away, perhaps hours later.
Furthermore, depending on where an impact happened on your body, you may be in more danger than you think. Trauma to the head or spine can result in long-lasting problems that will only be made worse by avoiding seeing a doctor.
Besides obvious injuries, there’s also the issue of soft tissue damage. Soft tissue refers to muscles, tendons and ligaments. No matter how much force happened in a car accident, it’s likely that the accident put undo stress on joints and other soft tissues. Whiplash is a common injury that happens where the head is suddenly and forcefully thrown forward and back. Symptoms may not show up immediately, but typically results in pain, swelling and reduced mobility.
Besides medical and safety reasons for seeing a doctor after a car accident, it’s also a necessary step in the legal settlement process. If your problem becomes more real and tangible down the line, you need to have medical statements to link the problem to this particular accident.
Otherwise, it could be dismissed as a problem that happened as a result of something else.
Basically, insurers have different considerations when deciding whether to award settlement money. If you didn’t seek medical attention, they assume you didn’t need it. And you won’t really be able to prove, otherwise. Insurers will take into account how you went after and received medical care as a result of the accident in question.
At the end of the day, they’re not going to easily part with money. Insurers consider someone who takes too long to visit a doctor to be the type of person who might be “milking” their claim for all it’s worth, and maybe a little bit extra.
Besides proving where a medical issue originated from, you’ll need copies of medical statements and bills to receive reimbursement if a settlement is reached. So make sure you have access to those and keep them until the issue is resolved.
So whether your motivations are purely monetary, or have to do with your well being, or both – it’s important to see the doctor as soon after an accident as possible. Don’t miss out on the chance to catch any problems before they could potentially become fatal. And don’t miss out on the chance to settle in a car accident that wasn’t your fault. Hindsight is 20/20, but by being aware of the way the law works, you can make it work in your favor.
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