When people are involved in
auto accidents, they don’t always seek medical attention right away. Usually, they
delay because they don’t feel any pain, or because they hope the
pain will subside and they won’t need to see a doctor. Other times,
they’re afraid of going through the hassle of filing a personal
injury claim. Unfortunately, delaying medical attention can backfire.
We want to address one of the key reasons why people “think”
they aren’t hurt after an accident – it’s called adrenaline,
also known as
epinephrine. Adrenaline is the hormone responsible for the human body’s fight
or flight response, which comes in handy when you’re being chased
by a vicious guard dog, or when you have to run into the ocean to save
a drowning child, but after a car accident, it can trick you into “feeling
What happens is someone is involved in a crash and they climb out of their
car and tell everybody, “I’m okay, I’m not hurt.”
But the next day, they’re in a LOT of pain. They think, “I’ll
take a few Ibuprofen and I’ll be fine.” Instead of seeing
a doctor, they wait. Then, a week or two later, they realize that something
is definitely wrong and they need medical attention.
Why You Shouldn’t Delay
Whenever you’re in a car accident, you should seek medical attention
as soon as possible. Even if you don’t feel any pain that first
day, or even if you think the whiplash will subside, you should still
see a doctor. If you delay, the insurance company will try to use that
against you. It will argue that you weren’t really hurt; it can
also try to reduce, if not deny your claim altogether because you did
not see a doctor soon enough.
So, how long should you wait to see a doctor after a car accident? You
should see one within three days, but the sooner the better. If you can
get in the same day, or by the next day, then great. Not only is rapid
medical treatment important to your claim, you need to do it for your health.
You could have a concussion and not know about it until days later. Or,
you could have internal bleeding or a fracture. Usually, once the adrenaline
wears off your body will let you know something is wrong by sending pain
signals to the affected area of the body. If you can’t get into
to see your regular doctor, you can visit your local emergency room or
go to an Urgent Care clinic.
If you’re looking for a car accident lawyer in Kennesaw or the surrounding areas,
contact Jones & Swanson to arrange a free consultation with a member of our legal team!