If I'm only feeling a little sore after a car accident, should I still see my doctor? 17 Answers as of October 09, 2012I got into a fairly minor car accident over the weekend. Nothing hurts really badly, but I am definitely feeling a little sore. Should I go to the doctor to be safe or should I just wait it out to see if it gets better?
Law Offices of Ronald A. Steinberg & Associates | Ronald A. Steinberg, BA, MA, JD
Abolutely. And when you go to the doctor, tell the doctor 1) how you were seated in the car, 2) in which directions your body was thrown around, and 3) every little ache and pain that you feel. If you don't, and if in a month or 2 you start having problems, the insurance company will say that it has nothing to do with the accident. You want to lay down an accurate basis against which to compare any future problems.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
David F. Stoddard | David F. Stoddard
This is a medical question not a legal question. That being said, if your pain gets worse and becomes chronic, the defense sometimes questions whether the accident caused your injury, or whether you are injured at all, based on the fact that you did not immediately seek medical treatment.
Answer Applies to: South Carolina
Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
If you have any serious injury you will be in a great deal of pain within a few days. You can go to your doctor and get x-rays if you feel any pain, but you should have exchanged insurance information or gotten their license plate or you will not know who to sue.
Answer Applies to: New York
Lewis B. Kaplan | Lewis B. Kaplan
Like chicken soup it could not hurt to get checked out . Your own automobile medical payments coverage should pay . If you then make a claim against the other driver your insurance would then get reimbursed assuming accident not your fault. That reimbursement in Illinois would likely be less than 100% because of Illinois Fund Doctrine .
Answer Applies to: Illinois
The S.E. Farris Law Firm | Spencer E. Farris
Just because you don't hurt immediately after a wreck doesn't mean you aren't injured. You should have a doctor check you out immediately- if you aren't hurt, it won't matter, but if you are, it could save your life.
Answer Applies to: Missouri
Arkady Itkin | Arkady Itkin
Absolutely. Often, an injured person doesn't feel pain at all until days or even weeks later. It's important to be evaluated as soon as possible, and to have your x-rays done to make sure there are no fractures or other significant injuries that you don't feel yet, and if you do - attend to them promptly.
Answer Applies to: California
Blaske & Blaske, P.L.C. | John F. Turck IV
Yes. Go see a doctor right away. You might want to ask your doctor about being referred to a physiatrist (physical medicine & rehab). It's most important to get as better as you can as quickly as you can, even if it comes at the expense of a potential claim you could make. Life matters more than lawsuits, so put your health first, as always.
Answer Applies to: Michigan