It’s quite common for physical pain from injuries suffered in a car accident to take days or weeks to manifest. During a traumatic incident, your body rushes in with hormones that can prevent you from feeling pain. Once your hormone levels regulate, you may start to exhibit symptoms of an injury. If pain starts to surface some time after a car crash, it is important that you seek medical assistance and document your treatment at every step.
After a crash, you should visit a doctor, even if you don’t feel much pain. A medical professional will be able to better tell if you’ve actually experienced any injuries, and it will establish a record of issues stemming from your accident. This is especially important if your injuries worsen with time.
Follow your doctor’s orders
If your physician puts you on a course of treatment to manage your pain, be sure to follow it closely, as long as the recommendations are within reason. Whether your doctor recommends physical therapy or writes you a prescription for medication, following this professional advice sets you on the best path for recovery. In addition, adhering to your doctor’s orders demonstrates that you are taking responsible action to improve your condition.
By following medical advice, you also deepen the paper trail that documents your injury. If you choose to later file a personal injury claim, you will have proper paperwork demonstrating that your injury was a result of the collision and not from some other factor.
Review your records
If you choose to file a claim for your injuries, first review all of your medical records for inaccuracies and ask your doctor to make any appropriate corrections, if needed. Small details can have a massive impact on the outcome of a claim, and you may request that your attorney review these records as well.
To learn more about the steps you should take after a Florida car accident, consult a skilled Bradenton attorney with Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh.