It might be tempting to skip going to the doctor after you’ve been in a car accident. Maybe you think you can tough it out, or you’re hoping the pain will get better on its own. Before you skip going to the doctor, take a few minutes and read this article. There are plenty of good reasons why you should always receive medical attention after you’ve been involved in a car accident.
Here are three reasons to go to the doctor after experiencing a car accident.
1. You Need to Take Care of Yourself and Look Out for Your Long-Term Health
First and foremost, you need to take care of yourself. Even if you think you can tough it out or don’t believe you are injured very badly, it’s still best to seek medical attention. Latent injuries like concussions, whiplash, or internal wounds are not always immediately apparent, and they can become more dangerous (and more expensive) the longer you wait to seek treatment.
Traumatic car accidents can also cause mental and emotional damage that can be just as damaging as physical injuries. Emotional stress is very real and, like physical injuries, can be dangerous when left untreated. It’s not unusual for victims to experience stress, anxiety, insomnia, or even PTSD after a terrible accident. It’s normal to have a fear of driving or even riding in a car for some time. A medical professional can recommend appropriate treatment for your emotional anguish and help you begin to live your life again after a wreck.
2. Visiting a Doctor Right Away Can Help You Avoid Bogus Arguments From the Insurance Company
Medical bills can pile up after a car crash, and going to the doctor if you are injured ensures detailed documentation of your injuries. Insurance companies will review this paper trail when assessing your claim and deciding how much money you’re owed.
The insurance company wants to settle your case as quickly and cheaply as possible after an accident. They’ll do whatever they can to claim that you were not injured. When you try to tough it out and wait to go to the doctor but then demand compensation for your injuries later, the insurance company will claim that you aren’t owed anything because your injuries weren’t severe enough to merit going to the hospital right away.
While this bullying tactic isn’t fair to victims who’ve been injured in an accident that was not their fault, it happens every day — which is why, in addition to seeking prompt medical treatment, reaching out to an experienced car accident lawyer is in your best interest. An attorney can deal with the insurance company and help you navigate the complex insurance claims system in North Carolina.
3. Medical Treatment Establishes Critical Evidence for a Lawsuit
You might not want to think about anything other than recovering from your injuries after a car accident, but when you’ve sustained traumatic injuries because of someone else’s negligence, you deserve fair compensation. Medical records document your physical condition. The longer you wait to get examined, the more challenging it will be to prove the extent of your injuries and demand compensation for your suffering.
Medical records allow your attorney to support you in the event you decide to file a lawsuit to obtain compensation for your losses and suffering. These records provide evidence to support your claims. X-rays, doctor’s notes, and patient files are all proof that you’ve suffered as much as you say you have. Without these records, it would be incredibly challenging for you to prove your case, no matter how devastating your injuries. If you can’t prove these damages, in the eyes of the court, they don’t exist. Going to see a medical professional for physical and emotional wounds is the best way to make sure you have everything you need to fight for justice and fair compensation.
Myers Law Firm: Helping North Carolina Car Wreck Victims Seek Justice and Prioritize Health
If you’ve suffered injuries as a result of another driver’s negligence in North Carolina, you’re entitled to financial compensation under the law. The attorneys at Myers Law Firm are experienced, compassionate, and ready to fight for justice on your behalf.
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