5 Reasons to See a Doctor After a Car Accident

The rush of adrenaline that floods the body during a car accident can mask the symptoms of injuries that are not apparent, such as a brain concussion or internal bleeding. Everyone involved in an auto accident who is not taken to the hospital from the accident scene should be checked by a physician.

It is best if the physician specializes in car crashes. You should see a doctor within 72 hours after the accident, if possible. Call your attorney at (281) 475-4535 to let your attorney know you will see a doctor and get a referral to a qualified doctor if you do not have one.

Here are the five important reasons why you want to see a doctor after a car crash:

1. Reimbursement of Medical Expenses

If the party who is at fault for causing the accident has insurance, there is a good chance that your expenses for a medical checkup will be reimbursed as part of any insurance claim. Visiting a doctor to evaluate your condition right after an accident helps determine what happened from the accident and sets the timeline for any required treatments.

Tell your doctor of any problems that you are experiencing to help create accurate documentation of your case.

2. Hidden Injuries

If you have any pre-existing conditions, even if they happened many years ago, an auto accident may make them worse. People with pre-existing conditions may recover more from an insurance settlement because they may be injured more easily.

Some injuries may not show any external physical signs, such as soft tissue injuries to the neck and spinal column. Another example is, the symptoms of a concussion may be blurry vision or a headache with no markings on the outside of the skull.

3. Timely Treatment

Getting a checkup from a doctor specializing in auto accidents provides a timely evaluation of your condition. If you delay receiving medical care, it may make your insurance claim less likely to succeed. By seeing a doctor right away, if there is anything wrong caused by the accident, it also makes sure you get the proper treatment for your injuries.

4. Insurance Claim

Insurance adjusters try to use any excuse they can come up with to reject an insurance claim or pay less. If you delay seeing a doctor, the insurance company may try to claim your hesitation resulted in a “delay in treatment,” which is the cause of your problems and may cause your claim to be denied or the compensation offered to be less.

5. Peace of Mind

Getting a full medical checkup will give you and your family the peace of mind that there is no lingering problem or some medical expenses that may come up in the future, which are not covered. There is no reason to risk taking a chance on your health when you can get a full checkup after an auto accident.


If you are injured in a car accident, get a free consultation by calling (281) 475-4535 to get a referral to a doctor, if you need one, and to make an insurance claim to get help with your medical bills and expenses.