You should get prompt medical care after any type of car crash, even if you don’t believe you're seriously hurt. For the sake of your health and in the event you need financial recovery, a physician's exam helps pull all the pieces together that relate to the incident. Let me explain why it's better to get one sooner rather than later.

You May Have Suffered a Hidden Injury

importance of doctor exam after car accidentNot all injuries caused by a car accident are apparent right away. Adrenaline from the stress of being in a crash could mask important symptoms. Additionally, it can take days or longer for the signs of some injuries to develop, or become severe enough that you realize there's a critical health issue. Common hidden conditions include:

  • Traumatic brain and skull injuries
  • Shoulder, neck, back, and spinal cord damage
  • Internal bleeding
  • Organ damage
  • Psychological trauma

You Protect a Claim for Compensation

While some insurance companies treat accident victims fairly, many are more focused on making a profit and look for reasons to deny a claim or pay victims far less than they're entitled to. If you delay being examined by a doctor, you could give an insurance adjuster ammunition to dispute your claim, such as:

  • Your injuries were caused by an incident other than the car accident
  • Your injuries aren't that serious or you would have gone to the doctor sooner

What Happens If You Delay Medical Care

You haven't ruined a claim against a negligent driver if you don't seek immediate medical care. Many car accident victims receive compensation for their injuries even when they didn't realize they were injured right away. However, you may have to provide more evidence to convince the insurance company of the cause and seriousness of your condition.

If you need to file a claim for compensation following a car crash, it's essential to have an experienced car accident lawyer on your side. I've helped many clients reach successful settlements of their claims who delayed medical treatment or didn't know what else they should do to protect themselves. To learn how I can assist you, start a live chat to schedule a free consultation today.


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San Diego Personal Injury Lawyer | California Car Accident Attorney