If I don’t think I have any serious injury right after a car accident, should I still go to the doctor?
It is important for your health, and also your case, that you get checked out by a doctor as soon as possible after your auto accident.
Getting proper treatment for car accident injuries requires an accurate diagnosis as early as possible. Some injuries – notably traumatic brain injury (TBI) – can be difficult to diagnose. Other injuries, like whiplash, may seem like a case of mere soreness at first but worsen to the point of disability. This is why you should see a doctor even if you do not think you are seriously injured.
Also, medical records will document the extent of your injuries. Although you may not receive immediate treatment simply because you just feel a little “sore” after an accident — not yet realizing the severity of your injury — the at-fault driver’s insurance company might use your delay in getting treatment to assert that your injury claim is invalid.
In other words, there is no harm in getting checked out by a doctor as soon as possible after a crash. However, there could be real harm in not getting checked out.
Please see our page on Car Accidents to learn more about these cases.
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