Car accidents are an unfortunate part of life. When they are big, they can be absolutely catastrophic and impossible to ignore. If you are injured in one of these auto accidents, it will usually be immediately obvious that you need medical attention. You may even have emergency services come to the scene and take you to the nearest hospital. After all, it is hard to argue with immediate injuries.
On the other hand, if you are in a relatively minor automobile accident, you may be questioning whether or not you really need to see a doctor at all. You may feel totally fine. Or it may seem as though any injuries you have suffered are minor enough to heal on their own. However, this could be a dire mistake.
Many people do not realize it, but it is not uncommon for you to be injured in a car accident without even knowing it. In order to compensate for the shock of impact, your body will immediately begin producing a massive amount of endorphins and adrenaline. These hormones will work to effectively hide your pain until your body and mind have both had time to recover from the initial stress of the accident.
There are many kinds of personal injury you can sustain after an auto accident without immediately realizing it. Furthermore, there are many car accident injuries that take a while to fully manifest. Because of this, it is vitally important for you to seek out medical attention immediately after an accident.
Yes, you read that right: everything. If you seek out medical help soon enough after an accident, you may still feel totally fine by the time you are in the physician’s office. Your doctor will know that this does not necessarily mean that you are faking an injury if you complain about symptoms flaring up later on. It is totally common for it to take anywhere from several hours to several days for symptoms to manifest or for victims to even begin registering discomfort.
Being honest with your physician will allow them to give you the most accurate possible prognosis and treatment plan there is for your situation. Let them know of any symptoms you are experiencing or not experiencing, and be sure to alert them to any changes you are undergoing. The following are common, seemingly minor symptoms of car accidents: dizziness, numbness, not feeling like yourself, numbness, and pain. They may seem nonspecific and passing, but do not make the mistake of assuming that they will go away on their own. Make sure that your health is on the right track by letting your doctor know if you are experiencing one or more of such symptoms.
It is always important that you trust the people you are working with. It is especially important that you trust the doctors you are working with after personal injury. Working with a trusted doctor will help you feel sure that you are on the right track to recovery. This means finding someone with a good reputation and with whom you feel comfortable keeping open avenues of communication.
Keep in mind that your physician is a trained professional who has likely dealt with cases like yours before. They have spent years upon years learning how to best treat the body, and their job is to help you recover as quickly as possible. For these reasons alone, it is important to adhere to your doctor’s treatment plan for you as much as possible. But in case you needed another reason, here is another good one: Working with your doctor can directly impact your personal injury case.
Whether or not you choose to take your accident case to court, detailed medical records are one of the most important assets you can have on your side when it comes to documenting and verifying your injuries. An insurance company will want to make sure that you are not exaggerating the extent of your injuries and that you are taking your recovery seriously. This means following the treatment plan laid out for you. Failure to do so could negatively affect your personal injury claim.
Of course, as we have already established, you will want to make sure that you are working with a trustworthy doctor. There are many ways to go about doing this: Ask your friends, family, and colleagues for recommendations. If your injury requires you to get treated by a specialist, consult your primary care physician for a referral.
There are still steps you can take even once you are sure you are working with a doctor you can rely on. Make sure to review your own medical records to make sure your doctor has not made any errors. You want to ensure that they are not underplaying your injuries and pain, and you also want to ensure that they have correctly recorded your account of the accident itself.
It is easy to do this. Just go ahead and ask your doctor for copies of any medical records they have and will continue to keep on you. Read over them carefully and give them your feedback on any factual inaccuracies. Again, remember that your doctor is a medical professional. This step is less to argue their expertise (unless you are a victim of medical malpractice) and more to make sure they got all the facts straight. Check for things like falsely reported preexisting conditions or factual inaccuracies (such as saying you were in a head-on collision instead of being sideswiped).
If you have recently been involved in a car accident, we at Injury Victim Law may be able to help. Though we are a Colorado-based firm, our team of experts and investigators is ready and available to assist victims all across the country. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with one of our experienced nationwide auto accident attorneys. If you have suffered either monetary or non-monetary losses, you may be entitled to collect compensation for your damages. Let us fight for you.