Why Should I See a Doctor After a Car Crash?

Posted on behalf of James Lynch on November 28, 2017  in Car Accident News. Updated on March 2, 2022

doctor's appointment after an accidentAfter a car accident, it is not always immediately apparent that you have suffered an injury. Some injuries may not fully develop until sometime later, while others may exist but are not obvious to the victim. Therefore, seeing a doctor for a full examination after an accident is critical for your health and safety.

Once you have visited a doctor, you should not wait to contact a New Jersey car accident lawyer. Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with our lawyers today to find out if you can recover compensation for your injuries.

Protect Your Health and Safety

A car crash often causes a victim’s adrenaline levels to soar. Adrenaline is a hormone that gives a person the “fight or flight” feeling in frightening or dangerous situations. Adrenaline can also inhibit the ability to feel pain, causing the victim to feel ok even when he or she has suffered an injury.

You may not be able to tell you have been injured until your adrenaline levels fall after an accident. This may put you in serious danger, as delaying treatment for severe injuries can be life-threatening.

Seeing a doctor immediately following a car accident is the best way to protect your health and safety. A medical evaluation will detect injuries that you are unable to sense. Car accident injuries such as internal bleeding, organ injuries or traumatic brain injuries require immediate treatment to save your life and improve recovery outcomes. Delaying treatment of serious injuries can cause permanent damage or even death.

Support Your Insurance Claim

Not seeing a physician after your car accident not only puts your health and safety at risk, but may also put your chances of receiving compensation for your injuries at risk.

Skipping medical treatment may be deemed negligent on your part, which could limit the compensation you are able to recover. If your injuries worsen because you did not see a doctor after your accident, the insurer or even a jury at trial may decide you hold some fault for the severity of your injuries. The amount of compensation you are offered in a settlement or awarded through a verdict could be reduced proportionate to the fault you hold in the matter.

Not seeing a doctor after an accident also means there will be no medical documentation linking your injuries to the accident. A post-accident medical evaluation is a critical piece of evidence that shows the injuries were caused by the accident. Medical documentation will also describe the severity of the injuries. Without this, an insurer could claim the injuries came from another incident, not the accident. Not seeking treatment will make it harder to recover fair compensation for your injuries.

Contact Our New Jersey Car Accident Lawyers

If you were injured in a car accident, contact the experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyers at Lynch Law Firm, PC following your visit to a physician. We will gather the evidence needed to support your claim, and work to negotiate a settlement with insurers or take your case to trial to secure the compensation you deserve for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. We accept cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning we only get paid if we help you recover compensation for your injuries.

Call (800) 518-0508 and learn more about the options that may be available to you.

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