Should I See a Physician After a Minor Car Accident?

AUTHOR: A.J. Bruning | April 30, 2015
Should I See a Physician After a Minor Car Accident?

After a major car accident, the scene is often chaotic, with injured victims, emergency vehicles, and more. Individuals who suffered injuries are often transported to hospitals by emergency personnel if it is determined that the victims need emergency medical attention. The scene following a minor car accident can be much different, however. Often, victims exit their cars to assess the damage and wait for law enforcement to arrive. Once the police officer takes down the necessary information and contact information is exchanged, accident victims often get back in their cars and drive away. This can leave many victims wondering whether or not they need to see a physician for an evaluation.

It is always a good idea to be medically evaluated following a car accident for several reasons. Some injuries may not be readily apparent, as symptoms may not appear for days or even weeks following the accident. In other cases, seemingly minor injuries may worsen over time, requiring more extensive medical treatment than you first imagined. Some injuries that may worsen over time include:

If you do not see a physician soon after your car accident, it may be difficult to prove that the car accident was the true cause of your injuries. If you undergo a medical evaluation, a physician can identify any possible injuries that you may have overlooked and your medical records will be able to serve as evidence2 that your injuries were, in fact, accident-related.

Discuss Your Case with an Experienced St. Louis Car Accident Attorney for Free Today

Anytime you are in a car accident that was caused by the negligence of another party, you should consult with an attorney who has experience handling auto accident cases. Even if your accident was minor, an attorney can evaluate the circumstances of your case and work to identify the best course of action for you, whether it is simply to negotiate with an insurance company or file a lawsuit. At The Bruning Law Firm, we always strive to guide our clients down the best possible path so that they receive the compensation they deserve. Call The Bruning Law Firm in St. Louis, Missouri for a free consultation at 314-735-8100 today.


If you or someone you care about has been seriously injured in an auto accident, contact The Bruning Law Firm today. We provide the comprehensive, professional legal representation you deserve at a time when you need it most.

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A.J. Bruning


I was born and raised to represent individuals who have been needlessly injured. I mean that literally. At a young age my father would tell me about the clients he was representing. I would meet them and take pride in their admiration of my father. I always knew I wanted to be a lawyer and represent clients that needed my help.

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