Why You Should Always Be Seen by a Doctor After a Car Accident

You Should Always Be Seen by a Doctor After a Car Accident

Have you recently been in a car accident? If the accident was minor and you didn’t feel any pain on the scene, you probably didn’t see a doctor. This can be a big mistake for several reasons, both legal and medical. Here’s why you need to make an appointment with us for evaluation after your car accident.

Why You Should Always Be Seen by a Doctor After a Car Accident

Whiplash is very common.

Whiplash is what happens when your head snaps forward and back with speed and/or force. Your seat belt holds the core of your body in place, but it does nothing to support your head and neck. Without that support, a rear end or head on collision could cause your neck to snap back and forth with impact. Air bags are meant to minimize this effect, but they don’t always deploy. 

This back and forth action of the head is something that happens even in very minor accidents where the impact was not serious or the vehicles were moving at lower speeds. It isn’t always detectable right away, and it can be easy to dismiss.

You aren’t likely to feel injuries in the first 24 hours.

Being in a car accident is a jarring experience, and your body’s way of coping with such shocks is a spike in adrenaline. This adrenaline can give you a ton of false energy. It can also mask pain. Most people in minor car accidents don’t feel the pain of their injuries until one to three days after the accident.

Untreated injuries will worsen.

If you don’t get injuries treated right away, they could worsen and become serious health concerns. It is important to get an evaluation and treatment as soon as possible.

If you are in need of a doctor to evaluate you after a car accident, contact us today to schedule your appointment.