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Should I See a Doctor After An Accident?

Should I See a Doctor After An Accident?

January 18, 2018

After a car accident, it is important to receive medical attention as soon as possible. Obvious injuries, such as broken bones, lacerations, puncture wounds, and burns, will be treated by emergency medical personnel at the scene. However, in minor crashes or fender benders, you may not think you need to see a doctor. Even if you don’t feel pain or think you are uninjured, it is always a good idea to make an appointment to see your doctor immediately after a crash. Why?

There are several reasons:

  1. Seeing a doctor can help avoid serious internal injuries. Sometimes, injuries don’t show symptoms for hours or even days after the initial incident. This means you could have suffered an internal injury, such as organ damage or brain trauma, and not even realize it. By receiving a thorough examination by your doctor, you can get the treatment you need to avoid long-term damage from internal injuries.
  2. Seeing a doctor can ensure you don’t have soft tissue injuries. Soft tissue injuries, which affect muscles, tendons, and ligaments, may not reveal symptoms for a long time after a crash. Sprains, strains, whiplash, and other injuries could hinder your quality of life and ability to do everyday tasks. Even if you don’t feel any pain right after the accident, you still should be examined by a doctor to ensure you don’t have underlying soft tissue injuries.
  3. Seeing a doctor can provide you with evidence in a personal injury case. Insurance companies will often do everything in their power to avoid paying what you deserve after an accident. If you wait to see a doctor, or fail to receive medical attention at all, your claim may be denied. The insurance company may try to say that your injuries were not caused by the accident, or that they are not as serious as you claim. However, if you have medical records, you can prove that your injuries were the result of the crash, and that they are as serious as you say.


At Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner, we have guided numerous clients to successful outcomes. If you have been involved in a car accident, our team of Honolulu car accident attorneys will conduct a thorough investigation. We will look at medical records, police reports, pictures of the scene, and witness statements to build your case.

We know that insurance companies may try to dispute your claim or downplay the seriousness of your injuries. That is why we will use effective legal strategies and negotiation techniquest to help you pursue the compensation you need. Depending on the situation, you may be entitled to a settlement for lost wages, pain and suffering, medical bills, and other damages.

Contact our office today to schedule a free case evaluation, and put an aggressive legal advocate on your side.

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