Receiving medical attention after a car accident serves a greater purpose than just addressing your injuries. If you file a claim, your medical records will be a crucial piece of evidence in your case. An initial visit to a doctor demonstrates to the other driver’s insurance company the damage the accident caused.
Do I Need to See a Doctor After a Car Accident if I Wasn’t Hurt?
Following a minor car accident, you may be surprised to walk away from the collision feeling fine. Even if it may seem that you are not hurt, you should still see a doctor.
It is not uncommon for drivers to sustain unseen injuries in a car accident or injuries that do not develop until later. These types of injuries can range from mild conditions such as bruising and muscle soreness to severe conditions like traumatic brain injuries and internal bleeding. The possibility that these more serious injuries could occur is enough of a reason to see a doctor, even if you are feeling fine.
Medical Evidence is Essential in a Car Accident Case
Visiting a doctor as soon as you possibly can after a car accident can be crucial in detecting injuries that are not immediately apparent and receiving the treatment you need. Additionally, your visit can be a source of evidence in your claim.
If you do not see a doctor following a collision or delay receiving treatment, the other driver’s insurance company could use that as a reason to deny your reception of benefits. Regardless of the actual severity of your injuries, and whether or not they are eventually treated, a delay in treatment can signal to the insurance company that your injuries are not as severe as you claim. With professional medical treatment, you will also have tangible evidence of the damages that resulted from your accident.
Remember: The purpose of filing a claim after a car accident is to recover compensation for the damages caused by a collision. By promptly receiving medical treatment, you can demonstrate the extent of your damages to the other driver’s insurance company and receive the compensation you deserve.
Contact McHargue & Jones, LLC if you were injured in a car accident. We can help you navigate the claim process, receive financial coverage, and work toward recovery.
If you are interested in speaking with our lawyers about your case, call (312) 487-2461 or send us your information to request a free consultation with our legal team.