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Should I Still Seek Medical Attention After a Minor Car Accident?

If you were involved in a minor fender-bender, you may believe you saved yourself a trip to the doctor. Since there is no pain or visible injuries after your car accident, why bother seeking medical attention?

However, it is important to seek immediate medical care following a collision—even if it’s a minor one. Not only does forgoing a doctor visit after an accident potentially detrimental to your health, but it can also have a negative impact on your car accident claim.

The following are several reasons why you should still see your doctor after a minor car accident:

  • Your body still experiences trauma – When you are struck by another motor vehicle, the force of the collision can cause severe stress to your body, whether you are involved in a fender-bender or devastating crash. Most people are not prepared or brace themselves for impact before the accident happens. The neck is often injured due to the violent forward-and-backward jerk of the neck. Other soft tissue injuries can occur as well.
  • The shock masks the pain – It is quite common to not feel pain at all after a car accident because your body releases chemicals (i.e. adrenaline and endorphins) which causes all pain and symptoms of injuries to be masked temporarily. It may be hours, days, or even weeks before you start to feel any pain. Unfortunately, a delay in seeking medical treatment in the eyes of the insurance company signals that the injury isn’t serious enough for immediate attention, which could result in a reduction or denial of your claim settlement.
  • Medical records serve as evidence – If your car accident was caused by a negligent driver, you are entitled to financial compensation which covers your property damage and medical expenses. In order to file a claim, however, you must provide evidence and documentation which supports your case. A detailed medical record is one of the most common pieces of evidence in a car accident case since the full extent of the injuries is assessed and determined by a medical professional. Your records detail the seriousness of your injury, the costs of your medical bills, the medications you must take, and the treatments required for your recovery.
  • Avoiding medical treatment could mean losing your injury settlement – If you fail to visit a doctor after a car accident, the insurance company will do whatever it takes to discredit your claim, causing you to lose your right to financial compensation. Insurers could claim that you weren’t injured because you didn’t seek immediate medical care and there is no proof of your injuries.

If you were injured in a car accident in Houston, contact QualCare Rehabilitation and schedule an appointment today.