A car accident can leave you with minor or major injuries that can impact your life severely. By seeking medical attention after a car accident, you can protect your health and rights to a valid claim for damages against the responsible driver.
What Happens If You Do Not See a Doctor After a Crash
Car crash victims sometimes avoid seeking medical care because they believe they are not injured, or that their injury is minor and does not warrant medical attention. Since many common car accident injuries are not immediately apparent or worsen over time, failing to see a doctor after a crash is dangerous. If you do not seek medical care after a car accident, here’s what may happen:
Your Injury May Worsen
While you may not feel much pain right after a car accident, you may notice more serious pain within days, weeks or even months after the crash occurred. Therefore, it’s vital for a doctor to diagnose and treat your injuries as quickly as possible.
Insurance May Not Cover You
Typically, insurance companies have time limits on paying for medical treatments following an accident. If you do not visit a doctor or wait weeks or months after your crash, an insurance company may deny your claim and may not compensate you for your injuries.
You Won’t Have Medical Documentation
Medical documentation from a doctor that outlines what injuries you’ve sustained can serve as valuable evidence in a claim. It can be difficult to collect fair compensation for your medical bills if your injuries are not documented properly.
At Goodyear Chiropractic Health Center, we can provide the proper documentation needed for your insurance company and will walk you through the claim process.
Most Common Car Accident Injuries:
Whiplash may occur when a car stops or turns suddenly and causes the neck to quickly whip back and forth. It can injure the muscles and tendons in your neck causing your neck to hurt when you move.
Chiropractic care is actually a great, non-surgical treatment option for whiplash. At Goodyear Chiropractic Health Center, our chiropractic specialists will create a treatment plan specific to you and your injuries.
The blunt force of a crash can lead to fractures. While any bone can break from the force of a car accident, the most common fractures are the hands, wrists, arms, feet and legs. If you notice swelling, redness, bruising, loss of function or severe pain in any of your bones, you may have a fracture.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
The leading cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) is car accidents. These injuries arise when a blow damages the brain. Sadly, TBIs often lead to long-term disability.
Burns may occur if an accident causes the vehicle to catch on fire, or the skin comes into contact with chemicals, steam or hot fluids. Severe burns may require extensive surgery and skin grafting.
Why Choose Goodyear Chiropractic Health Center
If you sustain an injury in a car accident, your first priority should be to seek medical attention. After you’ve been examined at a hospital, regain your freedom of movement with Goodyear Chiropractic Health Center! We can fulfill your chiropractic needs and even walk you through the process of filing a claim with your insurance company! To schedule a consultation with us today, click here!