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Should I see a doctor after a car accident?

| Nov 17, 2020 | Injuries |

Most Bellevue residents will experience a car accident at least once in their life. Although most accidents are minor, some are severe.

In 2018, car accidents killed 500 people in Washington alone. This isn’t to mention all the people who suffered debilitating injuries and psychological trauma following a crash.

A car accident is a jarring experience. The confusion, the turmoil, the trauma – it may take weeks or even months to get back to normal. If severe physical injuries were suffered physical therapy and medical treatment may be required.

How quickly an accident victim gets back to normal is dependent on a variety of factors, not all of which are within their control. However, there are few things that should always be done after an accident no matter the circumstances – one of which is always seeing a doctor right away.

Some may scoff at the idea. Why waste time seeing a doctor if you’re not injured?

Here a few reasons why.

You can’t diagnose yourself

If a person isn’t experiencing any pain after an accident, they may have the impression that they didn’t suffer any injuries. But this isn’t necessarily true. Some injuries, even serious injuries, may go unnoticed for days or even weeks. A doctor can detect latent injuries and begin administering treatment after doing so.

Evidence

Most personal injury lawsuits are built on the pain and suffering of the victim and the cost of medical treatment. In other words, the extent of their injuries and how much it cost to treat them (if insurance didn’t cover everything). The best way to prove these claims is the official diagnosis of a doctor, in addition to hospital records and other medical documents.

Testimony

Relatedly, a doctor can testify on behalf of the victim if need be. This is especially important if the plaintiff is attempting to prove non-monetary damages, such as pain and suffering or mental trauma.

Being in a serious car accident can change a person’s life forever. It can also have a profound impact on their family, considering job loss and medical debt often follow. A successful personal injury lawsuit can provide relief in a time of great tumult.

An experienced personal injury lawyer can evaluate the merits of a case, determine options, negotiate a settlement, and, if necessary, tell their client’s story in court.