What Happens if I Wait to Go to The Doctor After an Accident?
Unfortunately, many people tend to minimize their health and not make it their priority until it is too late. If you have been involved in an accident, you may think that it may not be necessary to go to the doctor to be checked out. However, even if you think you escaped unscathed or with minor injuries, the reality is that you may have sustained damage that isn’t visible and you may not immediately notice.
When we are faced with an accident or a traumatic situation, our body produces hormones that help us disguise the pain so that we can act quickly and handle the situation in those moments. But when these hormones subside, we begin to feel pain and the severity of injuries we hadn’t realized we’d sustained during the event.
The reality is that the best decision is to get medical attention as early as possible. This will not only help detect serious injuries, but may also help you should you decide to pursue a personal injury claim.
Here are some of the reasons why going to the doctor within the first 72 hours of the accident can help you.
Reasons to Get Medical Care After an Accident
1. Early detection of injuries. Internal bleeding, soft tissue injuries, contusions, back injuries, among others, cannot always be immediately identified, and if left untreated, can have serious consequences, resulting in paralysis or even death. . Even if you don’t feel any pain, or just a little swelling and discomfort, it’s important to go to a hospital or your GP to be checked out and informed of the circumstances of your accident.
2. Medical records. When going to a hospital, medical records will be created that will attest to the injuries suffered, as well as the treatments you have received. In addition, a diagnosis of these will be generated, and the prognosis that will determine the attention and care that you should receive in the future.
3. Strength for your personal injury case. Failing to see a doctor immediately can be used against you by the responsible party, claiming that the injuries were not serious enough to require medical attention, which could affect the strength of your case and the compensation you receive.
If you find yourself in such a situation, please contact us immediately. We will guide you as to the next steps to take so that you can get the justice and compensation you deserve. Call us today!