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Why seeing a doctor after a car crash is essential

A car or motorcycle crash is a life-altering event. If you are fortunate enough to walk away unscathed, you may be eager to move on with life and not think about the crash too much. You may refuse medical attention at the scene of the accident, and decide to seek medical attention only if future ailments or soreness emerges. Unfortunately, that decision can have significant drawbacks. Here are some of the reasons why you should seek immediate medical care after a car or motorcycle crash, even if you don’t have clear injuries.

1. A physician may find hidden injuries right away

Injuries aren’t always apparent, especially as your body experiences a massive adrenaline rush from the crash that makes pain and discomfort harder to detect. Injuries like whiplash, concussions, internal bleeding or back injuries may not be apparent until days later, but a physician may be able to detect them right away. 

2. Immediate treatment can help lessen future complications

If a medical professional is able to diagnose your injuries right away, you can begin treatment right away. Conditions like soft issue injuries, concussions or internal bleeding can develop complications if left untreated. 

3.A diagnosis protects you against insurance companies

Insurance companies want to minimize the amount of money that is paid out after crashes and injuries. Any delay in seeking treatment gives them more wiggle room to lessen or deny your claim to compensation for injuries, because it becomes harder to prove that your injuries were the direct result of a crash. 

4. Having Peace of Mind Sooner

If you get checked out after an accident, your next steps can become clearer. Although a visit to an emergency room or urgent care center might not be covered by your insurance, you will get clarity about what your next steps are. If you get a clean bill of health, you can move on with your life. If there are immediate things to be treated, they can be treated. And if you require further follow-up visits to specialist, the ball will be rolling already on getting the necessary referrals and authorizations to do so.

The most important thing to do after a crash or accident of any kind is to seek immediate medical care and make sure that you and your loved ones are safe. But if you believe that the crash or accident was caused (even partially) by the negligence of another person or party, you should request a free personal injury consultation with our experienced legal team. Call 845-600-0000 today to request your free personal injury consultation at our offices in Kingston, NY or Poughkeepsie, NY.