It can be frustrating to sustain an injury in an accident, especially if it was caused by the negligence of another party. If you’ve been hurt in a car accident, truck accident, pedestrian accident, slip and fall accident, or any other type of accident or incident, it’s important to see medical treatment right away.
Even if you think you’re fine or believe your injury is “no big deal,” you should see a doctor immediately after treatment. A doctor can perform a physical evaluation and various imaging tests such as x-rays and CT scans to determine how you’ve been injured and how serious your injury may be.
Once they have pinpointed your exact injury and its nature, they can design a treatment plan to help return to your pre-accident condition. While the treatment plan they’ll prescribe will depend on your unique situation, it will likely involve medications, cold and hot therapy, physical therapy, and rest. If your injury is considered serious or life-threatning, surgery or rehabilitation may be required.
Often times, victims of car accidents seem fine right after the crash but eventually discover an injury weeks or months after it occurred. A neck injury like whiplash, for example, may take some time to surface. At first, your neck may feel fine but a few days after the accident, you may experience some stiffness and find it difficult to move it.
In addition to whiplash, an accident may lead to a spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, a cut or fracture, or internal bleeding. The specific details of the accident will dictate the severity of your injury and how it will affect your current life and future.
Another reason it’s imperative to seek immediate medical attention after an accident is medical documentation. If your injury is the result of a collision someone else caused, their insurance company will likely compensate you for your medical bills should you pursue a claim against them. Their insurer will only pay for your prescriptions and treatments if you have strong medical documentation from a healthcare provider.
The documentation should explain how you’ve injured, how your injury has impacted and/or will continue to impact your life, and what types of treatments your doctor recommends.
If you’ve been involved in an accident or incident and suffering from an injury as a result, contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you!