When Should I See a Doctor After a Car Accident?
Seek medical attention within 2 days of a car accident
The moments after you’ve been in a car accident are often confusing and rushed, and you may get out of your car feeling thankful that you can move. But your body has ways of providing energy during an emergency that can fool you into thinking you’re well, when you’re not. For this reason, it’s best to see your doctor within a couple of days of being in an accident, even if you feel fine.
Connecting Injury to Accident
If you feel fine after an accident, that’s good, but it may also be temporary. It’s not uncommon to wake up the next day feeling much worse; it’s also very common to find new bruises and other problems as the day goes on. Right after an accident, your adrenaline kicks into high gear, which can make you feel like you are not injured at all. But adrenaline wears off. If you do start to find injuries, it’s best to see a doctor as soon as you can because the longer you wait, the harder it will be to connect the injuries to the accident.
If you wait a week to check out a worsening pain, the other person’s insurance company could claim that the pain is from an injury that you got after the accident. The company could argue that the injury can’t be definitively linked to the accident, and it could refuse to compensate you.
Another reason not to wait is that by not getting the right treatment, the injury could get worse. A bruise will go away on its own, but if there’s a small stress fracture behind that bruise, that needs medical attention to help it heal correctly. You may also start to suffer from secondary injuries as you compensate for the pain from the original injury.
If you’ve been in an accident in Madison, Wisconsin, and are now wrestling with an insurance company, contact the car accident attorneys at Eisenberg Law Offices to discuss your case. You deserve proper compensation.