If you are involved in a car accident, you should immediately go to the doctor or emergency room. If you cannot drive yourself, ask the police or someone nearby to call an ambulance.
Even if you don’t feel like you were significantly injured in the accident, you should go to the doctor for an evaluation.
The pain may be masked
Your body’s “fight or flight” response is activated when you are involved in an accident. This causes adrenaline to pump through your veins, which can hide potential pain and injuries. In fact, you may not notice signs of an injury for hours, days or longer after the accident.
By the time you notice something is wrong, you may require surgery or another type of extreme treatment. When you go to the doctor immediately after an accident, these injuries can be found and treated.
Get documentation of your injuries
Another reason you need to go to the doctor after a car accident is that it gives you documentation of your injuries and when they occurred. This is invaluable if you plan to file a personal injury lawsuit.
Also, with documentation of your injuries, it is easier to link the accident, and it provides a record of the financial losses you incurred because of the accident. In most situations, you can receive reimbursement for all or most of your current and future accident-related monetary losses.
Protecting your right to compensation after a car accident
If you are involved in a car accident, seeking medical attention immediately is recommended. You should also learn about your legal rights and options to determine what type of compensation you can recover.