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When to See a Doctor After a Car Accident

Because adrenaline can mask pain and serious conditions, it’s a good idea to see a doctor after a car accident, even if you feel fine.

A moving vehicle has an incredible amount of kinetic and momentum force. When a crash occurs, all this force needs to be absorbed, often leading to extensive damage and serious injuries. 

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Some car accidents are so destructive that emergency medical attention is required at the scene. In many cases, injuries are minor, or the victim may feel fine and decide that a visit to the doctor is not necessary. This assumption is often wrong.

When people face a dangerous situation, adrenaline will flood their bloodstream. This hormone will elevate their heartbeats, dilate their pupils, and make them sweat more. It will also mask pain as adrenaline’s purpose is to prepare you to escape a dangerous situation. That’s why adrenaline is also called the “fight or flight” hormone. 

Because adrenaline can mask pain and serious conditions, it’s a good idea to see a doctor after a car accident, even if you feel fine.

But, when exactly should you see a doctor after a car crash

How Soon Should You Go to the Doctor After a Car Accident?

The short answer is as soon as possible

Depending on your injuries’ severity, you may have to see a doctor immediately after the accident by going to the emergency room. The doctors there may refer you to specialists that can treat your condition. If your injuries are not that severe, you can give yourself a bit more time and visit the doctor the next day. 

Don’t wait too long until you schedule your appointment, though. The insurance company might use this against you in the claim and argue that your injuries are not that severe since you waited this long to seek medical assistance. 

What You Do After the Doctor’s Visit Matters Too

Be honest with your doctor during your visit and try to explain as accurately as possible what type of pain or discomfort you are experiencing. Don’t exaggerate your suffering, but don’t undermine it either, as the medical report will play a critical role in your compensation claim.

If you aren’t in any pain, explain to your doctor that you’ve been in a car crash and try to describe how the accident occurred. Your doctor will know what to look for to ensure you are ok. 

Follow the doctor’s recommendations to the letter. Failure to do so will give the insurance company a reason to reduce your claim or even deny it. 

You should also keep a copy of all your medical records as your lawyer will use it as evidence to build your case. 

Get in Touch with an Experienced Car Accident Lawyer ASAP

If you have been injured in a car accident, get in touch with an experienced St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer as soon as possible. They can help you get fair compensation for your case.

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Updated: December 23, 2020