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:
- Sprains or strains
- Other soft tissue injuries in the neck or back
- Traumatic brain injuries1
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.
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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.
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