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Why see a doctor after a crash?

On Behalf of | Feb 23, 2022 | Car Accidents, Personal Injury

Arkansas law generally requires you to stop and provide assistance after a car crash. This typically means calling the police, reporting the accident and waiting until an officer arrives. At this point, they will take steps to control traffic, call an ambulance and otherwise provide assistance as needed. After you are allowed to leave the scene, it’s generally in your best interest to seek medical attention.

You don’t know how badly you’re hurt

In the immediate aftermath of an accident, your body will take steps to mask the pain associated with broken bones, head injuries or internal organ damage. In some cases, symptoms of motor vehicle crash injuries won’t appear for days or weeks afterwards. If you don’t seek medical attention immediately after the accident happens, the defendant may claim that the crash wasn’t the proximate cause of your health issues. Furthermore, you increase your risk of serious long-term damage by not diagnosing and treating your injuries as quickly as possible.

You want to start a paper trail

Going to the doctor allows you to start gathering documents that may establish a link between the defendant’s actions and your injuries. In most cases, you’ll obtain a doctor’s note, test results and other records that can be introduced as evidence in a personal injury claim. Furthermore, any medical bills that you incur can be used as evidence of potential negligence by the defendant.

Take notes on your own

It is a good idea to keep a record of how you feel after a crash. Any notes that you take about your physical or mental health in the days, weeks and months after the crash may make it easier to obtain a favorable outcome in your case.