How Long Do I Have to See a Doctor After a Car Accident?

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After suffering an injury in a car accident, one of the most important things that a victim can do is see a doctor. Far too often, individuals who are involved in accidents caused by negligence fail to see a doctor because they don’t experience the initial injuries suffered—usually this is due to high adrenaline.

What many people don’t know, though, is that some injuries can take a long time to manifest. They can appear days or even weeks later and by this time, they’ve had the potential to worsen. It’s imperative to recognize the recommended amount of time to see a doctor after an accident and when it can be dangerous.

It’s Imperative to See a Doctor Quickly

Whether you feel the injury immediately or not, seeing a doctor right after the accident is very important to receiving the treatment you need. It gives you the chance to get started on your medical care as quickly as possible, and you can begin the healing process.

You will also have strong evidence to help you file a claim or potentially a lawsuit. Medical records show that the pain you have suffered was a direct cause of the accident in which you were involved. In some cases, insurance companies try to deny claims by saying the injury was pre-existing—your medical records can show otherwise.

Can a Delay Damage a Case?

After 72 hours, it can be considered damaging to a case if you go without seeing a doctor. The time in between the accident and seeing a doctor can be used by the insurance company to try and say the injury came from a separate incident.

Don’t delay in seeing a doctor as it could impact how much you may be able to recover—or if you’re able to recover anything at all. It’s imperative to your rights to be as diligent as possible in having your doctor see you.

At Gulf South Law Firm, we know how to use your medical records to build a strong case on your behalf. Our goal is to help you pursue compensation for the injuries you’ve sustained, helping you cover medical expenses and loss of income.

With our Gulfport car accident lawyer, your needs and rights come first. Trust us to help advocate on your behalf.

Call us today at (228) 231-3989.

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