Many things will go through your mind in the hours and days after an accident.
Resist the temptation to get back to life as usual. Care for yourself and let a doctor examine your injuries.
Determine the full extent of the problem
Even if you have been in a relatively minor fender-bender or slow-speed collision and feel mostly fine, it is very important to go to the doctor. Internal bleeding, concussions and soft tissue damage can take days to show their full effect. The Mayo Clinic reports that stress fractures need X-rays, MRIs, and CAT scans to reveal exactly how bad the injuries are. Though you may want to “tough it out,” it is better to get the advice of a physician.
Get documentation needed to support your case
Courts and juries do not simply take the word of a person. It takes evidence to win a personal injury case. Documenting your diagnosis, treatment plan, medications and time off of work (doctor’s notes) can be essential when arguing for compensation. Make sure the people completing the documentation date and sign all of it.
Demonstrate that the accident caused the injury
Going to the doctor also helps in court because the other side may claim that the motor vehicle accident did not cause the injury. If you go to the doctor within 24-48 hours of the crash, your team can establish a timeline that proves that the crash caused the injuries. Your proactive choice shows that you are responsible, trustworthy and deserving of just compensation for your injuries.