If you're involved in car accident, it's crucial that you see a doctor right away. With the adrenaline rush that comes from the stress of a collision, you can't trust your own assessment of your health. A "wait and see" approach can be dangerous to your well-being, in addition to limiting your ability to collect reimbursement for your medical expenses.
Even Minor Symptoms Can Indicate a Problem
Immediately after an accident, you may have symptoms that might not seem serious at first; however, they could indicate problems. Here is a brief look at some of those symptoms:
- Stiffness in the neck and upper back
- Difficulty maintaining normal range of motion
- Pain or discomfort in any part of your body, particularly in the lower extremities
- Abdominal pain or swelling
- Mental confusion
- Trouble with vision or hearing
A doctor can evaluate your symptoms, perform a physical examination, and take x-rays or order additional diagnostic tests. If you fail to seek treatment immediately and your minor symptoms turn into a more serious issue, you've put your health at risk. Additionally, waiting to seek medical treatment will likely cause the at-fault driver's insurance company to argue that you're exaggerating your injuries to increase your compensation or something besides the accident caused your injuries.
Choosing a Care Provider
In an emergency situation, you'll be taken to the nearest ER. However, most people who are injured simply make an appointment with their regular family doctor. As long as you seek treatment within 72 hours of the accident, it's fine to see your regular care provider.
If you don't have a regular care provider or you can't get an appointment within 72 hours, look for an Urgent Care facility in your area. You can explain the situation as you're being evaluated.
If the doctor you see recommends follow-up testing or refers you to a specialist, it's critical that you comply with this treatment recommendation. If you end up pursuing a lawsuit against the at-fault driver, failure to obtain the recommended treatment can seriously damage your case.
Hiring an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
The best way to protect your rights is by retaining the services of an experienced personal injury attorney. Neblett, Beard & Arsenault has the skills needed to help Louisiana residents who have been injured by negligent drivers. Complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation. You can also call us directly at 800.256.1050.