People who have been involved in automobile accidents often wonder whether they should bother with seeing a doctor after their accident if they do not feel any pain. As personal injury attorneys, we can say with confidence that regardless of whether you are currently in pain, it is crucial that you see a doctor as soon as possible after your accident.
There are several important reasons to get checked out by a doctor immediately after an accident. You may not feel any differently than you did before the accident, but your health could be at risk. Some of the injuries that often occur during car accidents, including some types of serious and life-threatening injuries, are not always noticeable right away. Doctors have training and experience in detecting and treating injuries, and they know how to examine accident victims in order to thoroughly assess their condition.
Another reason why you should see a doctor as soon as possible after you are involved in an accident is that it could cost you money later on if you do not. When insurance adjusters assess the value of a claim for injuries and damages that resulted from a car accident, they consider many variables. One of these variables is how long the injured party waited after the accident to get seen by a doctor. If you wait too long, it could be considered a “delay in treatment” which could reduce the amount that the insurer is willing to pay on your claim.
It is possible that your regular primary care physician may not be able to see you immediately after your accident. Fortunately, you have options. You can ask to be seen by someone else in their practice, go to an urgent care facility, or even get an appointment with a chiropractor. Because of the aforementioned insurance company calculation, being seen by a doctor as soon as possible is more important than being able to see a specific doctor. Likewise, do not forego a visit to the doctor because you do not have health insurance. Let the people at the doctor’s office know that you are not insured, and ask them what your payment options are. They may be able to find a way to help you with the cost of the visit.
Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Supporting Automobile Accident Victims throughout Mississippi
Automobile accidents can cause serious injuries, some of which can take a long time to heal. If you have been injured in an automobile accident, see a doctor as soon as you can. Not only does your health depend on it, your potential for recovering financially from the injuries and damages caused by the accident depends on it. If you were injured in an automobile accident, the Mississippi Personal Injury Attorneys at the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. are here to help you. To learn more about how we may be able to help you file a claim related to a Mississippi automobile accident, please call our office today, at (601) 355-2022.