Yes, you should see a doctor as soon as possible after any car crash. While this may seem unnecessary, there are important medical and legal reasons to take this step even if you don’t think you were hurt and even if you’d rather not go to the doctor.
Why You Should See a Doctor
The most important reason to see a doctor after a car crash is to protect your health. By seeing a doctor you can:
- Make sure that any injuries that you have are treated—even if you don’t experience immediate symptoms. Concussions and soft tissue injuries, for example, may not have immediate symptoms but may be significant car crash injuries.
- Keep your injuries from worsening. Prompt medical care can help prevent future pain and suffering because your injuries will be diagnosed and treated quickly.
Additionally, you may protect your potential legal recovery by creating valuable evidence. In order to recover damages for your car accident injuries you have to prove that your injuries were caused by the auto accident. The sooner you see a doctor after a crash the easier it is to prove that your injuries would not have occurred but for the car accident.
What Happens If I Develop Symptoms Later?
If you realize some time after the accident that you were indeed injured in the crash, it is important that you don’t spend time worrying about what could have been done differently. Instead, you should focus on what you can do now to protect both your health and your legal recovery. What you can do—and should do—is to see a doctor as soon as possible. Your doctor will diagnose and treat your medical issues now and your medical record will document your injuries for any potential car accident claim.
Whether you saw a doctor immediately or you waited until your symptoms developed, it is important to contact an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible to protect your legal rights. If you have been hurt in a Kentucky car crash, our attorneys would be pleased to meet with you for a free consultation so that you can learn more about your rights and your potential recovery. Please call us or reach out to us via this website today to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.