Getting medical attention after an accident that results in visible injuries, such as a broken leg or a serious cut, can be a no-brainer. But what if you “are not” injured or only sustain minor cuts? Should you still visit a doctor?
Here is what to know:
Medical attention is crucial after an accident
Regardless of the severity of the accident you are involved in, it’s crucial to seek medical attention immediately. Due to the adrenaline rush you will experience, you may be injured but may not feel the pain. Adrenaline can suppress your awareness of pain – you may be more focused on its effects, including rapid breathing, increased blood flow, rapid heart rate and sweating.
You will start to feel pain when these effects subside, which can be hours later. By this time, the injury may have worsened or caused a secondary infection. That’s why a doctor needs to examine you after an accident to discover hidden injuries and treat them immediately.
Seeking medical attention also helps you document your injuries. It’s beneficial if your medical records show you visited a doctor immediately after the accident. If you take too long to seek medical help, your claim may be jeopardized – the other driver’s insurer may argue other factors outside the accident may have caused your injuries.
What type of doctor should you visit?
The nature and severity of your injuries will determine the doctor who treats you. But since it can be challenging to know these by yourself, visit your chosen hospital; the physician who serves you will treat or refer you to another doctor. Don’t take time trying to figure out who you need to see.
If you are injured in an accident, consider legal guidance to understand your options.