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Should you see a doctor after a motor vehicle accident in Illinois?

On Behalf of | Jul 14, 2021 | Car Accidents

Motor vehicle accidents are scary even without any injuries. Sometimes, though, Illinois residents get into accidents that result in an injury to themselves or someone else in the car. After you’ve been injured in a car accident, you might be wondering whether or not you should go to the hospital. That’s a decision that only you can make, but there are some things to take into consideration before you decide to go.

When should I go to the doctor?

The deciding factor should always be the amount of pain that you’re feeling. If you’re in a severe amount of pain, are bleeding or are concussed, you should go to the hospital right away so they can treat your injuries.

However, if you’re not feeling a lot of pain in the moment, you might be on the fence. This can be especially true if the accident was relatively minor or airbags didn’t go off.

If you’re not feeling any pain at first, it might be due to shock from the accident. Even with minor accidents, you can have injuries that aren’t immediately apparent.

It’s not uncommon for injuries to your upper neck, spine or even head to appear a day or two after the accident. If you feel any pain in your head, neck, or spine, it might be in your best interest to get evaluated by a medical professional.

What other things should I keep in mind?

No one likes going to the doctor or to an emergency room, but it’s a necessary evil. The sooner you go to a doctor, the better they’ll be able to treat you.

Going to a doctor can also help you if you’re looking to file a lawsuit or if the other driver is at fault. Of course, you should never go to the emergency room if it’s not an emergency, but you can always schedule an appointment with your primary care doctor.

If you’re dealing with any injuries after a car accident, call your doctor. Then, reach out to an attorney right away.