After a car accident, things can often feel like a blur. Between speaking with authorities, checking for damage, exchanging insurance info, and trying to figure out an alternative way to get to your intended destination, the aftermath of a crash (or even just fender-bender) can be overwhelming.
Legal and medical professionals agree: after an accident, no matter how minor it might seem in the moment, it’s worth it to pay a visit to your doctor. While physical health should always be a top priority, it’s important to have a record of a doctor visit for legal reasons too. Having proof of a medical visit is incredibly helpful if injuries show up later.
After minor accidents like fender-benders, it’s very common for injuries to show up the next day. People tend to go home, feeling okay if not a little shaken, and wake up with stiffness, soreness, or pain that doesn’t go away. Additionally, doctors have the necessary professional insight when it comes to developing strategies for monitoring symptoms.
Again, while doctors are the best source of guidance for conversations like these, there are some symptoms you should look out for, especially in the 72-hours following an accident. These include:
- Clouded thinking
- Trouble concentrating
- Blurry vision
- General lack of energy
- Memory loss
Visiting a doctor right away can help avoid invalid arguments from insurance. Questions like: “If the crash was so bad, why didn’t you seek medical attention?” can be avoided with a record of a doctor visit, especially if you end up needing to seek legal action against the other party involved in the crash.
Ultimately, there are so many “what-ifs” involved with the fallout from an accident that it’s incredibly beneficial to cover all your bases in advance. What might seem like a hassle or waste of time in the moment can actually save extensive time and money down the road.
As always, when unexpected circumstances arise, you have a partner in the fight with Bart Durham Injury Law. Call 24/7 and the consultation is always FREE!