Even if you feel fine, don’t skip this step. Car accidents can cause hidden injuries with delayed symptoms. Even if you were checked out by a paramedic or EMT at the scene, you may have internal bleeding, a concussion, whiplash, or another delayed-onset injury. You need to get that checked out to protect your health and your legal rights.
So, see a doctor as soon as possible, ideally on the same day. Go to Lowell General, an urgent care clinic, or your primary care provider if you can get a same-day appointment. Tell the doctor you were in a car crash and explain your symptoms in as much detail as possible. Keep your visit summary, bills, and any other medical records – they’re all critical pieces of evidence in your case.
Then, follow your doctor’s instructions. Go to any recommended follow-up appointments. If your doctor recommends that you see a specialist, do so. Take your medications and let your doctor know if anything changes. Again, this is important for your health, and it also protects your rights. If you don’t follow your doctor’s instructions, you’re just giving the insurance company ammunition to reduce or reject your claim.