I Feel Fine After My Accident, Should I See a Doctor?
If you’ve been in an accident that wasn’t your fault and it was
serious enough that you believe you may have been injured, you should seek a
medical evaluation from a qualified physician even if you aren’t currently
Whether the accident involved slipping and falling or a
vehicle collision, injuries can sometimes take days or even weeks to become
apparent. Sometimes, even if you are showing some symptoms of injury, you may simply
hope the pain will go away.
VanDerGinst Law has handled many cases where the injured
party realizes after a week or two that the injuries are more serious than
initially thought and then seek medical attention. If you wait to seek medical
attention, an insurance company may use this to argue that you weren’t that injured,
or your injuries were not from the accident. They can sometimes reduce or deny
your claim based on this information.
Seeking a medical evaluation and the opinion of a medical
professional will establish:
- 1) Your condition immediately or shortly after an
- 2) Determine the nature and extent of any injuries
- 3) Start you on a path to recovery.
A medical evaluation is usually necessary to successfully
pursue a claim for your injuries, even if it does seem like a hassle. Without
an immediate medical evaluation, it’s often difficult to prove causation later.
But most importantly, you want to ensure your recovery and continued health.
Why do you sometimes feel fine after an accident?
Adrenaline, or epinephrine, is a hormone that is responsible
for the body’s fight or flight response. When you are in an accident,
especially a car accident, your body can trick you into feeling less pain or no
pain at all immediately afterwards. You may not begin to show symptoms until 24
hours after the accident. It’s usually at that time that you may feel that the
pain will go away in time, so you wait which can be a mistake.
How soon should I see a doctor after an accident?
You want to ensure your recovery and continued health;
therefore, you should seek a medical evaluation from a qualified physician within
three days of an accident but if you can be seen sooner that is preferred. The
risk for concussion and/or internal bleeding can be very high after an accident
so the sooner you can be seen, the better.
What kind of doctor should I see?
If your injuries are not believed to be serious and/or life threatening, scheduling an appointment with your regular medical physician is recommended. They may refer you to specialist if your injuries require additional or specialized treatment such as a physical therapist. It is important to note that massage and chiropractic can be a very important part of your treatment and recovery, however, it is imperative that your care is being directed by a medical physician.
If your injuries are moderate to serious and an urgent care
facility is available, you may want to report their first for an evaluation.
The urgent care staff can evaluate your condition and provide treatments or, if
appropriate, a referral to an emergency room. The cost of treatment at an
urgent care facility is far less than the cost of treatment at an emergency
If your injuries are serious and/or life threatening, you
should immediately seek medical attention at the emergency room. The emergency
room can determine if you have a medical emergency and treat accordingly. If
you do not have a medical emergency, they will only provide basic medication
such as muscle relaxers or anti-inflammatories and the cost for an emergency
room visit can be very high.
If you go to either an urgent care facility or the emergency
room, you will want to follow-up with your regular medical care provider.
If you’ve been injured and it wasn’t your fault, VanDerGinst Law would be honored to help you with a personal injury claim. The consultation is free and there is never a fee unless we win. If you suffered an injury in Iowa or Illinois, contact VanDerGinst Law, P.C. at 800-960-8529. The law is tough and being injured is tougher. We’ll make it easier for you.
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