Car accidents can cause a wide variety of injuries, from minor scrapes to paralyzing spinal cord injuries. Even if you get hurt, you may not notice right away since adrenaline can mask symptoms for many injuries. But seeking medical help is one of the most vital steps to take as soon as possible after a crash.
Seeing a doctor is not just good for your physical recovery. It also gives legitimacy to your car accident claim. Here are some tips for treating your car accident injuries.
Go sooner rather than later
Of course, if you have serious injuries that are easily noticeable, get emergency help. This may mean taking an ambulance to the emergency room. Even if you do not think you have injuries that require immediate attention, it is best to see a doctor as soon as you can. This will help the doctor catch injuries early on so you can recover faster. It also serves as proof of your injury to insurance adjusters. If you wait too long to see a health care professional, not only may it take longer for you to heal, but you may lose your chance at compensation.
Be open about all symptoms
Do not shy away from any pain or discomfort you are feeling. Your doctor relies on you to be transparent and accurate as part of the assessment and diagnosis process. Nothing is too minor. In fact, seemingly small symptoms such as dizziness or neck pain may actually be indicative of a bigger problem such as a traumatic brain injury or a spinal injury.
Continue treatment instructions
It is not enough to simply see your doctor once – unless your doctor says so, of course. But your doctor will likely create some sort of treatment plan for you to follow. This may involve taking prescription medications, attending follow-up appointments and seeing specialists. Follow the treatment plan until your doctor tells you that you are safe to stop. Stopping your treatment prematurely is a sign to the insurance company that your injuries are not serious. Plus, it is simply always a good idea to follow what your doctor says.