The time after being involved in an accident is vital to your health. Many times, an individual will not receive medical treatment because they do not notice any symptoms, they do not have the time to see a doctor, or simply they do not want to see a doctor. However, failing to get checked out by a doctor after an accident is a bad idea.
An individual could very easily be putting their health at risk by not seeing a doctor after a car accident or other type of accident. While many times an individual does not believe they have suffered an injury during the course of the accident, doctors and other health care providers are trained to look over an individual’s past history and determine if treatment is necessary, even as a precaution. It would be well worth the visit to a doctor to determine if treatment is in fact needed.
While going to the doctor immediately after an accident is typically recommended, if an individual can make it to see a doctor within 72 hours of the accident, most issued can still be fully addressed. The simplest way to do this is to call up your local physician, let him/her know that you were involved in an accident and that you would simply like to have a check-up to make sure everything is ok. If there is no chance to make it in to see a physician, another good alternative is to see a doctor of chiropractic. Most chiropractors will follow the same procedure as a physician would. This means they will look at a patients prior history, perform a routine exam, and potentially do an X-ray if that is absolutely necessary.
Even though some injuries do not manifest themselves right after an accident, seeing a doctor just to be safe is the best thing to do. Most of the time is it better to be safe than sorry, and this is one of those situations.
If you have been involved an accident, it’s also important to contact an attorney to understand and preserve your rights. We’ll be happy to talk with you.