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Why is it important to seek the medical treatment you need right after a crash?

On Behalf of | Oct 11, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Experiencing a car accident can produce overwhelming emotions. From fear to shock to relief, your feelings may overtake you and cause you to forget to take care of yourself, especially if shock prevents you from comprehending the severity of your injuries.

Seeking a full examination is imperative, even if you are not sure that you need it. Here are reasons why undergoing medical treatment is always a good idea after a car accident.

You must protect your health and well-being

The most important reason you should seek medical evaluation immediately after a car crash is to protect your health. Even if you are not sure you need care, you may have asymptomatic injuries. Being diagnosed and getting treatment as soon as possible can provide the best outcome for whatever injuries you may have sustained.

Initiate a paper trail

Seeking medical treatment will provide official medical documentation of your injuries for insurance and legal purposes. Acting quickly will definitively link your diagnosis to your accident while waiting can raise questions about the origin of any injuries. Without creating a paper trail that connects your injuries to your accident, you could create an opportunity for insurance companies to deny your legitimate claims.

Legitimize your injuries and treatments

You must follow all doctors’ recommendations regarding treatment plans, even if you are feeling better. Filling prescriptions, doing physical therapy, and taking time off for rest as recommended are essential, as is attending every follow-up appointment. Noncompliance can justify reduced settlements or even denial of your claims.

After a car accident, you should immediately seek medical treatment, even if you feel fine, to protect your health and your future.