Car accidents can be traumatic and disorienting experiences. You might think that you feel perfectly fine immediately after the crash. While this is certainly something to be thankful for, those first moments after an accident should not be all you depend on as a diagnosis for your injuries. Our experienced car accident attorneys typically advise our clients to seek medical attention regardless of how they feel following a car crash, even if their injuries seem minor.
The Importance of Seeking Medical Attention After a Virginia Car Accident
Seeking medical attention following a car accident is very important for two reasons. First, for your own wellbeing. A doctor can:
- Detect injuries that may not have any immediate symptoms
- Prevent injuries from worsening
- Help you manage pain
Additionally, it is important to seek medical attention in order to have documentation on file in case you decide to seek damages. Getting checked out by the doctor will enable you to:
- Prove your case in court
- Have quality records and resources for your attorney to work with
- Provide doctors with a reference point for future treatment, should medical issues arise later on
There are a few different ways to seek medical treatment following a car accident. First, you can go to the local emergency room. This is the wisest choice, as it will get you seen the soonest. Even if emergency workers on the scene examine you, you should still get a thorough examination at the ER.
If going to the ER is not an option for you, you can go to urgent care. Urgent care is a good option if you are concerned about emergency room fees, as urgent care clinics tend to be more affordable for those without insurance or with plans that charge high ER copays.
Finally, if you cannot get urgent medical attention, make an appointment with your regular doctor. Waiting for a doctor’s appointment isn’t usually an ideal option, as time is of the essence, but if emergency care is not possible, it is still wise to see your doctor.
Have You Been Injured In A Car Accident?
If you've been injured in a car accident you need to speak with an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Fairfax, Virginia car accident law office at 703.277.2811 to schedule your free consultation. We help clients throughout Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia and look forward to helping you.