You can and should get checked out by EMTs at the crash scene, but even if you feel fine, you should follow up with a doctor. Go to Charlton Memorial Hospital or Saint Anne’s, an urgent care clinic like Southcoast Health Urgent Care, or your primary care provider – the most important thing is that you get checked out as soon as possible, ideally on the day of the crash. Remember, car accidents often cause hidden injuries like concussions or internal bleeding. A medical exam is critical to protect your health – and your rights.
When you see a doctor, you create medical documentation of your injuries. This is important in case the insurance company later tries to downplay your injuries or deny that they were crash related. Put yourself in the best position to win by telling your doctor about all your symptoms, from the top of your head to the tips of your toes. Don’t exaggerate, but don’t leave anything out either.
For the same reason, you need to stay on top of your health in the days, weeks, and months following the crash. Go to your follow-up medical appointments. Take your medications as prescribed. Get the diagnostic tests and see the specialists your doctor recommends. Throughout the process, save copies of all medical records and bills, and show them to your lawyer.