Car Accident and Feeling Fine: Is It Still Wise to Consult a Doctor?

"But I'm fine; I feel no pain", they say after a car crash. But, here's the deal: even if you feel like you're A-OK, seeing a doctor after an accident is a smart move
Car Accident and Feeling Fine: Is It Still Wise to Consult a Doctor?
Published Date
June 17, 2023

We get it – car accidents can be quite the rollercoaster ride. Sometimes, you might walk away from a fender-bender feeling like you're in one of those Fast and Furious scenes. 

But, here's the deal: even if you feel like you're A-OK, seeing a doctor after an accident is a smart move. Wondering why? We'll tell you. 

 

Sneaky Fractures and Internal Bleeding?

Okay, so you might not feel pain right away, thanks to the post-accident adrenaline rush that might mask the pain. But remember, some fractures might not be obvious if it's not a weight-bearing limb. 

Plus, car crashes (think airbag expansion and squeezed seatbelts) can cause internal bleeding. Internal bleeding often doesn't raise a red flag immediately. Keep an eye out for dizziness, bruising, or abdominal swelling. Ignoring it is risky, because it can get super serious if left untreated. 

 

Proper Documentation Boosts Your Insurance Claim

This one's a biggie, especially if you're considering insurance claims or legal action. Doctors are pros at documenting injuries caused by accidents. They'll ask all the right questions and this info is a game-changer for personal injury cases. The thorough the documentation, the higher your chances of getting a fair settlement. 

 

Hidden Dangers (Brain Injuries and More): Early Detection Matters

Ever bumped your head during an accident or had your car do some flips? That might lead to a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The tricky part is TBIs don't always come with instant symptoms. To be safe, it's essential to see a doctor ASAP. They might order a brain scan (like a CT or MRI) to check for any hidden damage.


Also, in cases of automobile accidents, it's not just the immediate aftermath that matters. Take whiplash, for example; ignoring that neck or back pain could lead to headaches, chronic pain, and other long-term problems. Trust us; early detection is key!

So yeah, if you've been in a car crash, waiting it out isn't the best move. At HEMA, our doctors deal with a number of no-fault automobile accident cases and know the ropes – be it advanced diagnoses or non-invasive treatments. Drop us a line!

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