Why You Should See a Doctor After a Car Accident – Even if You Don’t Think You’re Hurt
Posted on Sep 26, 2018 in Personal Injury
You were just in a car accident. You’re a bit shaken and shocked, but otherwise seem to be okay. You’re not in any pain and have no visible injuries, so you don’t get medical attention at the scene, go to an ER or make an appointment with your doctor. Instead, you exchange information with the other driver, give a statement to the police, and go home to call your insurance company and count your blessings that things weren’t worse.
But your decision not to see a doctor after your accident – even if you initially feel fine – could be a catastrophic mistake which could not only hurt your health and well-being but could also hurt your ability to recover compensation to which you otherwise may be entitled.
Some Injuries Don’t Show Up Immediately
Many people who are in car accidents don’t seek medical help only to discover weeks or months later that they have actually suffered an injury. For example, brain injuries often are not immediately apparent and can be notoriously difficult to detect. You may have what appears to be a minor head trauma after a car accident, but symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, and confusion may not show up until much later. Having a physician evaluate your condition as soon as possible after your accident can help you determine what medical care and treatment may be necessary to help you heal.
Additionally, the other driver’s insurance company will try to get you to agree to a quick settlement for a low amount. After all, you’re supposedly not injured. But if you agree to a settlement and release all of your potential claims before you understand the full impact an accident will have on your life, including the extent of medical care and rehabilitation you may need, you may settle for far less than you need and deserve.
Medical Evidence Can Be Key In Your Personal Injury Case
Getting a medical examination and treatment after your accident will create the most accurate and thorough record of the extent and severity of your injuries. While wounds may heal, bruises will fade, and memories can lapse, medical records are forever. The more time that passes between your car accident and your visit with a doctor, the more difficult it may become for you to prove that your injuries are the result of the crash.
You should also keep track of all medical costs and related expenses starting from the time of the accident. This will provide critical information and evidence to present to your lawyers, insurers, or others.
Once you have taken care of your immediate medical needs, it is essential to then contact an experienced New Orleans car accident attorney as soon as possible. Failure to file a lawsuit within the short time periods established by Louisiana law may result in you losing any right to seek compensation for your injuries and losses.
Call Bloom Legal Today for a Free Consultation to Discuss Your Car Accident Injuries
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, the New Orleans car accident attorneys at Bloom Legal will fight to get you the compensation and resources you deserve. Contact us today at 504-599-9997 or through our contact form to arrange for your free consultation to discuss the details of your claim.