You may think that you’re fine following a car accident, but injuries can creep up on you, developing slowly days or weeks after the incident. Everyone involved in a South Carolina motor vehicle accident should seek medical attention to screen for possible injuries.
Tips to seek post-accident medical help
Some injuries require immediate attention, but what should you do when involved in motor vehicle accidents that don’t seem to be major? Seek medical help as soon as you feel a nagging pain that could be related to the incident instead of waiting for it to “go away.” Timely care for injuries like whiplash, concussion, soft tissue problems and more can prevent complications. While you may think your primary care physician (PCP) will suffice, you’re better off with a specialist who will run the necessary test. When you get a referral from your PCP or someone else, look up reviews online to determine whether this medical professional will meet your needs. Once you get there, be honest with the doctor, explaining how the accident occurred and what symptoms you have experienced. In addition, you shouldn’t be afraid to ask questions and inform the doctor that you may file an injury lawsuit, especially if you may suffer long-term consequences from the accident.
Should I file a lawsuit?
Sometimes, injuries can require years of medical treatment and physical therapy. Filing a personal injury lawsuit against the driver responsible for the accident can help pay for those treatments and living expenses, if necessary.
You have the right to seek damages if you have sustained injuries in a motor vehicle accident caused by another party’s negligence. Getting prompt and thorough medical care soon after the incident and keeping complete records can improve your chances of receiving compensation.