Should I go to the doctor after a wreck?

Seeing a doctor after a car accident in South Carolina is an important step to take if you have been injured. Not only is it important as a way to keep you safe, and to ensure your injuries are well-treated and you recover from the accident as strongly as possible, but it is important to gather documentation of your injuries, as medical records play an important role in the outcome of any injury claim that may be filed with the at fault driver’s insurance company. The right doctor will be familiar with your injuries and can provide detailed records of how they are impacting your life.

If you did not see a doctor right away after your accident, it is still possible to get medical treatment and file an injury claim; however, it is important to do so as soon as possible in order to ensure that all evidence related to your case remains intact and to avoid any claims by the insurance company or party responsible for the accident that the injuries were suffered elsewhere or are illegitimate.

What If You Didn't Go to the Doctor After a Crash?

If you have been in a car accident, it is important to go to the doctor as soon as possible. This will help identify any injuries before they go unchecked and make your case stronger against an insurance company. 

If you have waited to go to the doctor because you thought the pain would go away, that does not mean that you are out of options. You should always get the medical treatment that you need because it will help you recover faster and limit the long-term effects of the crash as much as possible. It may seem like you are being stoic or “tough” by remaining silent about your injuries, but you may be making them worse and you are almost certainly hurting your chances of pursuing a successful legal claim.

Which Doctor Should You See After a Car Accident?

If you are severely injured in an accident, you’ll likely be taken to an emergency room and receive treatment there. If you didn’t seek medical treatment immediately after the accident, you’ll have more choices.

Many people will want to wait for their primary care physician. However, if your injuries are serious, this could mean unnecessary pain while waiting for an appointment. Many people walk away from an accident feeling fine – the adrenaline from the crash dulls the pain and they feel like their injuries are only minor. However, once the adrenaline rush wears off, injuries from the accident, including soft tissue injuries like whiplash, emerge. If this happens, consider seeking treatment at an urgent care facility or an emergency room rather than waiting for an appointment with your regular doctor.

Follow Your Doctor’s Treatment Plan

It is very important to follow your doctor’s instructions, go to your medical and therapy appointments, and follow through on everything promptly. Don’t delay treatment or therapy.  Insurance companies routinely try to identify alleged “gaps in treatment” to avoid paying claims or reduce amounts offered. In other words, they try to blame the victim’s injuries on delays in treatment in order to reduce the claim.

When you need medical care, seek it and follow the treatment plan.  It will not only help you recover more quickly, but also provide important, necessary support and proof of your legal claim and damages.

Car Crash Claims Are Built on Paper Trails

Your greatest chance of success in a car accident claim – whether you settle with the insurance company or take your case to trial – is if you have plenty of paperwork documenting your damages. Body shops, pay stubs from missed work, and, of course, medical bills and reports of injuries, are what attorneys use to successfully push insurance companies to pay your claim.

It is important to know that you do not have to take on the insurance adjusters, medical bills, and the legal system by yourself. Here at Proffitt & Cox,, we have protected our neighbors and pursued their car accident claims against insurance companies for decades. We gather the paperwork to prove your claim and ensure that your rights are protected. Schedule a free consultation today to discuss your case and to see if we can help.

Find a South Carolina Auto Accident Attorney

If you suffered an injury from a serious auto accident, you may be facing significant medical bills. You may also be struggling to pay for your expenses because of an inability to work while you recover from your injuries. However, help is available to those who suffered injuries due to the negligence of others as well as for the families of fatal accident victims.

For years, our Columbia injury lawyers have worked on behalf of the people of South Carolina to gain them compensation for their motor vehicle accident injuries. We may be able to provide personal and effective legal support for you as well. Call the attorneys at Proffitt & Cox, LLP today at 803-834-7097 for a free consultation. You can also call the firm toll free at (877) 276-0533 or by filling out the contact form on our site.


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We understand that when an injury occurs, people are concerned about medical expenses, lost income, and compensation for their pain and suffering and other damages. We can answer these questions, and more importantly, we can put our experience to work immediately toward helping victims of careless or wrongful conduct obtain prompt and appropriate compensation.

We offer free initial consultations for all injury cases. We handle injury cases on a contingency fee basis which means that our fees are a percentage of what we recover for you. You will not owe us any attorney’s fees in such cases unless we are successful in obtaining compensation on your behalf.

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