Should I See a Doctor After a Car Accident?
You get rear-ended by another vehicle. You feel a little sore, but continue on with your day. After all, you’re not that injured. You’re pretty sure you’ll feel better the next day.
Days go by and things don’t improve. You finally see a doctor several weeks later and you are diagnosed with whiplash and back injuries. All you have to do is let the insurance company know and they’ll pay for your medical bills, right?
Not necessarily. That delay in treatment just harmed your case. The insurance company can now come back and say you weren’t really that injured because you took so long to go to the doctor. They may even claim that your injuries aren’t even related to your car accident.
Very few car accident victims understand the importance of seeing a doctor after a car crash. After a crash, you are feeling the adrenaline, which masks your pain symptoms. This can cause you to feel fine for a day or so until the injuries start to show up.
When Should You See a Doctor?
If you are clearly hurt, then you need to see a doctor right away. Medical attention should be a high priority. If you can’t get a doctor appointment, then go to the emergency room.
If you feel some discomfort but not enough pain to warrant a trip to the ER, then a good rule of thumb is to see the doctor within three days. However, the sooner, the better.
Even if you feel fine, it’s still a good idea to see the doctor just in case. Not all injuries present themselves right away. Some can take several days to show up, like headaches and whiplash. You may be suffering from a concussion or internal bleeding and not even know it. You don’t want to wait for weeks and risk losing out on the compensation you deserve for your car accident injuries.
If you are involved in an accident and have to make an injury claim, you want to be able to claim that you saw the doctor within a reasonable amount of time. The longer you wait, the greater the chance of the insurance company denying your claim and giving you a lowball offer. Do not accept any settlement offer until you have fully healed. You want to be able to obtain compensation for all the medical expenses you have incurred, plus future expenses if ongoing care will be needed.
Contact a New York Car Accident Attorney Today
Car accidents can cause a variety of physical injuries. After an accident, seeing a doctor and getting checked out is the recommended course of action. If you wait too long to see a doctor, your case could be negatively impacted.
Don’t take that chance. To get the compensation you deserve following a crash, seek legal help from the New York car accident attorney at the law office of Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C. Contact him as soon as possible following your accident so he can advise you on how to proceed. To get started with your free consultation, call (212) 518-2095 or fill out the online form.
In over a decade of legal practice, Attorney Michael Redenburg began his career defending cases for the clients of insurance companies. Initially defending no-fault claims at a Long Island-based law firm, he then moved on to a Manhattan-based firm where he defended the clients of insurance carriers in an auto accident and premises liability matters.