Even if you feel okay after the accident, don’t skip this step. In the immediate aftermath, your adrenaline is high, your “fight or flight” response is engaged, and you are not in a position to diagnose yourself. Plus, car accidents sometimes cause hidden injuries like concussions or internal bleeding. Getting medical attention is the best way to protect your health and your rights.
You can get emergency medical care at Baystate Health, Mercy Medical Center or Holyoke Medical Center. You can also go to an urgent care or walk-in clinic, or see your primary care doctor if they have walk-in hours or same-day appointments. The most important thing is that you get checked out right away, ideally on the day of the accident. Tell your doctor about all your symptoms, head to toe, and follow their instructions. Go to your follow-up appointments. See any recommended specialists. And take it easy if you’re told to rest.
Again, getting medical care is the best option for your health. It also creates an official record of your injuries that an insurance company can’t ignore. Be sure to keep copies of your visit summaries, doctor’s orders, prescriptions, medical bills, and other documents. Show those documents to your lawyer at your free consultation.