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Do I Really Need to See a Doctor After a Minor Car Accident?

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You’ve just been in a minor car accident. The damage to your car is minimal and you’re not feeling any different. For those reasons, you decide you don’t need to seek medical attention. After all, why should you waste your time getting checked out if you’re feeling fine?

Well, there are several reasons why you should seek a doctor after a minor car accident and we’re going to tell you some of them with a brief explanation for each. Hopefully, after reading this article, you will see the importance of seeing a doctor after any car accident you face.

Reason 1: Some Injuries Don’t Take Effect Right Away

When you stub your toe off your coffee table, the pain is instantaneous. But not every injury is felt as quickly as this. Whiplash, for example, can take hours or even days before you begin to feel the symptoms from it. Depending on how long you wait, your minor whiplash injury could become worse, leaving you in pain longer and with a longer recovery time ahead of you.

Concussions are another injury that can take a few hours or even a day or two to kick in. Concussions are some of the most dangerous injuries you can receive as they can lead to long-term issues with your balance, memory, speech, and vision. Some concussions can even lead to death. So if you’re ever in a minor car accident, seek medical attention because you never know what injury might creep up on you.

Reason 2: Documentation

The damage to your car might be so minimal that you’re not concerned one bit about it. But cars are complex machines and sometimes even the tiniest amount of damage can later lead to big problems. And since you need your car to get to work or grocery shop or for other activities, keeping your car in great shape is important.

But keeping yourself in great shape is important as well! By seeking medical attention, you have documentation from a doctor stating what your injuries are and the treatment plan for them. This documentation can help you greatly if you decide to file a claim against the other party involved in the car accident to receive compensation for your injuries. 

Reason 3: Validity of Injuries

Going along with reason two, by seeking medical attention after your accident, you are validating that your injury was caused by the car accident. If you wait too long to seek medical attention, the other party could claim that your injury wasn’t caused by the car accident or that you had a pre-existing injury before the accident. Without the documentation to prove that your injury did indeed happen as a result of the accident, you have no evidence to support your claim.

Reason 4: It’s the Law

Going off reasons two and three, if you live in Florida it’s important to know this law. If you do decide to pursue financial compensation after your car accident, then you must see a medical professional within 2 weeks (14 days) after your accident to qualify. You could go to the hospital or clinic, seek out a chiropractor who specializes in car accident injuries, and other medical professionals. The point is that to qualify for compensation, you need to be seen by a medical professional.

So we cannot stress this enough- Even if you don’t feel injured after your accident, seek out a South Florida chiropractor or other medical professional. This will not only ensure your good health, but ensure you receive any financial compensation you’re entitled to.

We understand that it can be inconvenient to wait hours and hours at the ER or try to squeeze a doctor’s appointment into your busy schedule when you don’t feel injured. But for the sake of your health and any financial compensation you might try to seek, it is important to get looked over by a medical professional. 

If you are unsure of where to look for a medical profession, then consider Dr. Gady Abramson and his team. Dr. Gady works closely with highly rated doctors and car accident lawyers, meaning you can have all your needs met in one place. So for the sake of your health and your future, please give Dr. Gady a call or visit one of his locations throughout South Florida.

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