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Protect Your Legal Rights—Seek Medical Care Immediately after a Car Accident

Personal InjuryWhen you’ve been in any type of a motor vehicle accident, whether it’s a minor collision or a high-speed crash, you want to protect your legal rights. One of the most important steps to do just that is to seek medical attention as soon as possible. In some instances, you may not have a choice. If you can’t move without pain, don’t try to. Wait until emergency responders arrive and let them determine whether you need to go to the hospital in an ambulance. Even if you can walk away under your own power, you should either drive yourself to an urgent care facility or immediately schedule an appointment with your personal physician.

One of the primary reasons you want to seek immediate medical treatment—it’s the best way to ensure a thorough and accurate diagnosis, and, consequently, the most effective way to make certain you maximize your recovery from injury. With many injuries, the sooner you begin to treat them, the less potential there is for long term ramifications. For example, if you have significant swelling tied to your injury, controlling that swelling early in the process can reduce the risk of other injuries. In addition, the sooner you seek medical treatment, the sooner you’ll have access to medication that can ease your pain and suffering.

There’s another good reason, though, to have an immediate medical checkup. Though some of your injuries will be readily apparent, many of the most painful and debilitating injuries caused by a motor vehicle accident are not as easily discovered, especially by a lay person. When you describe the accident to a medical professional, they can typically predict injuries or discomfort that may take days, weeks or months to manifest.

By seeking immediate medical care, you can also minimize the likelihood that defense attorneys or insurance companies will argue that your injuries were not tied to the motor vehicle accident, but to some intervening accident or cause.

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