Is It Important to See a Doctor Immediately After an Accident?

Local Resources for the Seriously Injured believes that accident victims should prepare themselves before an accident takes place. This includes brushing up on knowledge pertaining to what you should do immediately following an accident. If you know what to do before an accident occurs, you will be better able to handle the situation if you are ever involved in one.

Knowledge can prevent you from panicking and making the situation worse and can also help you strengthen an injury case, according to a conversation LRSI had with an attorney from the Law Offices of Gary S. Greenberg. According to the attorney, if you act appropriately following an accident, you will increase your chance of a positive outcome for a personal injury claim related to your accident and injuries.

The First Thing You Should Do Following an Accident

The first thing you should do after an accident is call for medical help. Even if you don’t believe you or anyone else was seriously harmed in the accident, it’s always better to be safe. A lot of injuries can’t be discovered with the naked eye, but that doesn’t mean that you haven’t been hurt. 

Hairline fractures, internal injuries, whiplash, and traumatic head injuries are just a few examples of injuries you won’t be able to see and might not feel right away.

Why it Is Important to See a Doctor Right Away After an Accident

There are two main reasons to see a doctor. One, to receive medical care if you were hurt or to be sure that you weren’t hurt. Two, to create a trail of evidence that helps show your accident is what caused your injuries. The second reason is important when an injury victim goes to file a claim for their accident.

When another person causes you to be harmed in an accident, that person can be held accountable through the civil injury claim process. There are many steps in this process, but the first one you should be aware of is visiting a doctor.

What Could Happen if You Don’t Visit a Doctor Immediately?

If you don’t see a doctor after your accident, you could be negatively affecting your health. Sometimes your life could be placed in jeopardy by an injury you don’t even realize occurred. Many people have died because they failed to seek medical treatment after an accident. 

In addition, any injury claim you try to file later on could be weakened by the fact that you didn’t see a doctor right away. 

The defendant could argue that you must not have been seriously injured if you didn’t get medical assistance immediately. The defendant could also argue that your injury occurred somewhere else or that your injury occurred for another reason in-between the time of the accident and the time that you finally sought medical care.

Don’t Make the Mistake of Thinking You Don’t Need Medical Care

Many people decide not to get medical care after an accident. They might think they are too busy to go to the doctor or that they can’t afford it. However, your health should always come first. Without your health, you don’t have anything.