Posted in on June 14, 2018

When to go to the Doctor After an Auto Accident

When you’re finding time to juggle car repairs and traffic court after an auto accident, when do you go to the doctor? Is it a priority if you don’t have severe, immediate pain or even any at all? Protect your health and legal rights by paying a visit right away.

How long do you have to go to the doctor after a car accident?

Because of the sudden shock of an auto accident, the adrenaline caused by trauma may have numbed you to any initial pain. Don’t wait for symptoms before seeking medical evaluation.

  • Delaying treatment can worsen injury. Even fender benders can cause unseen physical damage from the force of impact. Swelling and reduced mobility may develop later than broken bones, and have more dire consequences.
  • Insurance companies take notice of wait time so that they can argue against the severity of your injuries. For this reason, you may even be offered a sum by the company to quickly sign a release. Don’t delay medical evaluation, and don’t sign before full recovery.

To take necessary precaution, accept treatment at the scene of the auto accident, especially if the emergency room is an option. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Signs to See a Doctor After a Car Accident

A few examples of subtle injuries that aren’t immediately apparent in emergency room X-rays:

  • Joint and muscle injuries (soft tissue); tendons and ligaments are vulnerable to stress
  • Herniated discs
  • Concussions; when your brain collides with your skull with significant force, you’re not in the clear just because you’re conscious

Fatigue, nausea, impaired vision, or notable changes to your sleep cycle are all strong indicators that you have incurred damage from an auto accident. More advanced medical testing may be required. Act now and keep record of your diagnosis.

How much time do you have to report an accident to your insurance company?

The statute of limitations in Colorado to settle your insurance claim is 3 years. Your case can’t be reopened, so it’s absolutely crucial to finish medical treatment before settling, and have an attorney account for any ongoing treatment that will be necessary. Any additional treatment required beyond the settlement cannot be paid for by the insurance company. 

You may not realize your full scope of injuries at the time of the auto accident, so don’t close your case without ensuring you have full understanding of your injuries and have indeed recovered.

Further questions? Have your case analyzed by our Denver car accident attorneys.

References:

http://www.ecarcrash.com/articles/7-things-to-do-after-a-car-crash 

https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/what-if-my-accident-injuries-dont-show-up-right-away.html 

https://www.injurylawcolorado.com/legal-library/car-accident-statute-of-limitations.html 

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