Getting in a car accident can be one of the scariest things to happen to many drivers. After getting into an incident, you probably want to get home as quickly as possible. You will probably be offered to call an ambulance or to go to the hospital, and saying "no" can be pretty tempting; this is especially true if you feel just fine. Even if you can't physically tell that you have been in a car accident, however, it's important to go to the doctor anyway. These are just a few reasons why.
1. You Might Not Know the Signs to Look Out For
Although you will probably be able to tell if you have a broken bone or another similar injury, you might not know the signs of things like a concussion. If you feel confused and disoriented, for example, it could be related to head trauma; unfortunately, many people simply chalk it up to being "dazed" after the accident when there could be a real medical condition at hand. A doctor will know exactly what to check for after you've been in a car accident, however, and can tend to these injuries the right way.
2. Your Injury Could Appear Over Time
Some injuries, such as back or body pain, might not show themselves until days or weeks after your car accident. If you go to the doctor now, however, you will have documentation that you sought medical attention as quickly as possible after the accident. Then, your doctor can pull your file and find accurate information from the day of your accident, which you might not remember if you go to the doctor weeks later. Plus, if you need the insurance company to pay your medical bills, it will be easier for you to do so if you seek medical attention right away.
3. You Might Need to File a Lawsuit
You might need to file a lawsuit for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, and other compensation. Doing so can be tricky, and you'll need as much documentation as possible. If you go to the doctor right away, you will have the paperwork that you need when hiring a car accident lawyer. This will help improve your chances of winning your case and can make the entire court process a whole lot easier.
As you can see, it's always smart to see a physician after being in a car accident. Even if all you can think about is going home and trying to forget about the incident, schedule an appointment or go to the hospital for best results. To learn more about legal assistance, contact Gibbs and Parnell.