Should I Still See My Doctor After a Minor Car Accident?

If you have been involved in a minor car accident and didn’t suffer any serious injuries, it is imperative to still see a doctor afterward. However, most people don’t think it is such a big deal and are reluctant to seek medical attention.

The following are several reasons why you should still visit your doctor after a minor car accident:

  • The impact of the crash causes a serious shock to your body – Even when the car accident occurs at low speeds which cause minimum damage, injuries can still occur since people rarely see a collision coming before being hit, which means they have no time to brace themselves or prepare for impact. Whiplash and other types of soft tissue injuries are caused by a sudden jerk of the neck and body.
  • Your injuries do not initially present any symptoms – Car accidents create a heightened level of excitement, causing our bodies to generate adrenaline and endorphins, which increases your energy. On the other hand, this much excitement also masks pain. So just because you feel perfectly fine after a crash, doesn’t mean that is the case. Once those chemicals in your body disappear, the pain will make an appearance.
  • You will jeopardize your claim – If you delay receiving medical treatment until you feel the pain or attempt to “wait it out,” you compromise your ability to recover compensation from a car accident claim or personal injury lawsuit. If the car accident was the other driver’s fault, his/her insurance company will do their best to discredit your claim and pay you as little damages as possible. The insurer can claim that since you delayed seeking medical attention or failed to do it whatsoever, the injuries you suffered from the accident isn’t as serious as you claim them to be.
  • Your medical records can be used as evidence – Not only is it important to visit a doctor to check the full extent of your injury, but also to obtain medical records necessary to file a claim with the insurance company. The records document your injuries and required treatments to ensure your full recovery. Without any medical records as evidence to back your claims up, you may lose your case.

If you have been injured in a car accident in New York City, contact our experienced legal team at Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan LLP and request a free consultation today.

Categories: Car Accidents