When You Should See a Doctor after an Accident
If you believe that you have been injured, seek medical attention immediately. Remember that the most important consideration is always your health and welfare. If you do not have a doctor, we can help you find one who will give you medical care and treatment for your accident injury.
Frequently, symptoms of an accident injury will not appear immediately. Certain injuries may not be apparent until some time after an accident. And, you may experience a time lag between the collision and full awareness of the extent of your injuries. Or, your injury could be more serious than you realize. Even minor soreness can be an indication of a more significant injury. Therefore, if you believe there is any chance you may have been injured, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. By not seeing a doctor, you risk delaying your treatment and aggravating your injury.
An insurance company will argue that the failure of an individual to see a doctor right away indicates that the injury must have resulted from an unrelated event after the accident. The longer you wait for medical treatment, the more difficult it will be to connect the injury to the motor vehicle accident.
You should keep all of your medical appointments, and return to each of your doctors as often as necessary. It is extremely important that you follow the advice of your doctors. Until your medical problems are taken care of and your doctors release you, you should remain under your doctors’ care and follow their instructions. This will enable you to heal more quickly and will prevent the insurance company from claiming that some of your medical problems were caused by your failure to follow doctors’ orders.
Explain all of your injuries and symptoms to your doctors. Always tell them about all of your complaints, any restriction or limitations caused by the injuries, and especially how your injuries have affected your life. You should not minimize your ailments to your doctors. Your doctors must know these things in order to properly treat you, and for us to obtain the maximum compensation for you.