When you’ve been in an accident, one of the most important things you should do is see a doctor as soon as possible. Many people make the mistake of either delaying treatment or not seeking treatment at all. Even if you feel fine at the scene of the accident, you may never know the extent of your injuries until you see a doctor. For medical and legal reasons, always make sure that you seek timely medical treatment.
Reasons why it’s critical to see a doctor immediately after an accident of any type:
1. You may not realize you are injured.
Depending on your injuries, the symptoms may take hours or days to appear. You may feel fine moments after an accident because the adrenaline rush can block the initial pain. It is always a good idea to see a doctor and his him or her run tests and monitor your symptoms.
2. The injury might get worse.
When you delay treatment of an injury, it can continue to affect your health far into the future. The longer you wait to treat a serious injury, the harder it may be to recover fully. This means you could be facing higher treatment costs and more pain than if you had sought treatment earlier. Seeking early treatment can increase your chances of recovery and minimize unnecessary medical costs.
3. You may have exacerbated a preexisting injury.
If you have previously been injured, there is a chance that you may have re-injured a preexisting injury. A doctor can examine you and help you determine if this is the case. Personal injury claims usually cover preexisting injuries if they were aggravated by the accident. Check with an attorney to find out more.
4. There is a limited time to file a claim.
Injury claims have time limits, so it is important that you get started as soon as you can. When you wait to receive medical treatment, insurers might think you are not as injured as you portray or that you may not be injured at all.
5. You will have medical records to help improve your claim.
When you file a claim, you must include medical records and documentation of your injuries. Having those medical records can help improve your chances of recovering the compensation you need.
At Berenson & Associates, P.C., our Albuquerque car accident attorneys can guide you through the legal process and help you prepare an effective claim. We have a deep understanding of the claims process, how to prepare claims, and how to deal with insurers. Immediately after you’ve been injured, call us to discuss your next steps.