Getting into a car accident, whether it is serious or just a fender bender, is overwhelming. Often, we just want to go home and recuperate. However, that may not be the best thing to do right away – it is wise to instead visit your doctor, even if you don’t feel hurt. Here are a few reasons why it’s important to visit your healthcare provider after an accident:
Watch for delayed symptoms
Many accident injuries can have delayed symptoms, like whiplash, concussions, brain injuries, back and neck injuries and internal bleeding. If these injuries are left unattended, they can become dangerous. Seeing a doctor in the days after a car accident may help you identify these potential issues and treat them before they worsen.
Know the full extent of your injuries
Going to the doctor after an accident is an important step in seeking the compensation that you need to recover. Knowing the full extent of your injuries from the accident gives you the opportunity to understand the ramifications of those injuries (time lost from work, medical treatment, pain, etc.) and include that knowledge in your request for compensation.
Prepare for potential legal action
If you do end up having to take legal action against the person with whom you were in a car accident, having gone to the doctor afterward may be important. It can help show the seriousness of your injury and the need for compensation.
While you may not feel like you need or want to go to the doctor, it’s wise to take precautionary actions so that any underlying issues do not go untreated and so that you can ask for what you really need to recover.