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How Soon Should You See a Doctor After a Car Accident?

downloadMore times than not, people involved in auto accidents do not always seek medical attention right away.

Because the pain is not immediately felt, or because they hope the pain will subside, a lot of people do not see a need to visit a doctor. Other times, the hassle of filing a personal injury claim can plain out seem like a hassle.

Unfortunately, delaying medical attention will have a negative impact on your potential case.

One of the key reasons most accident victims believe they are not hurt after an accident is due to the adrenaline, also known as epinephrine. Adrenaline is the hormone responsible for the human body’s fight or flight response; however, after a car accident, it can trick you into “feeling no pain.”

Directly after an auto accident that does not cause catastrophic injuries, the initial response is say you feel fine. Often times the next day after the adrenaline has subsided a person can experience quite a bit of pain. The instinct to wait instead of seeking the attention of a medical expert is a mistake.

After a week or two, it’s common to realize something is definitely wrong and the need to medical attention becomes a necessity.

Whenever you’re in a car accident, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. Even if  pain is not felt the first day, or even if you think the whiplash will subside, you should still see a doctor. If it is delayed, the insurance company will try to use that against you. The insurance companies will argue a victim was not really injured. They can also try to reduce, if not deny your claim altogether because you did not see a doctor soon enough.

How long should you wait to see a doctor after a car accident?

You should see a medical professional within three days, but the sooner the better. It is preferred to get in the same day, or by the next day. Not only is rapid medical treatment important to your claim, and more important, you need to do it for your health.

The possibility of a concussion, internal bleeding or a fracture is very high. Usually, once the adrenaline wears off your body will let you know something is wrong by sending pain signals to the affected area of the body. If you can’t get into to see your regular doctor, you can visit your local emergency room or go to an Urgent Care clinic.

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