If you do not seek medical treatment after an accident, it could have a significant impact on your personal injury case. You should consult an Atlanta personal injury lawyer immediately to learn about your rights if someone else’s negligence was the cause of your accident. 

Importance of Medical Treatment after an Accident 

If you don’t appear to have obvious injuries, you may think medical treatment isn’t necessary. Refusing to be treated, however, could lead to complications if you have unforeseen injuries and can affect the outcome of your case. 

One of the more common reasons that underlying injuries may not be evident immediately is because of shock. Many individuals feel a bit shaken after an accident and fail to recognize symptoms or signs of injury. 

In some case, an individual may believe injuries are minor, yet with time, they could become more serious. In fact, injuries to the back and neck may take a day or two before they manifest. This is why it is always a good idea to get checked out. 

Another reason it is important to seek medical care after an accident is because you could have internal injuries, such as bleeding or damage to an organ. These types of injuries could become life-threatening if left untreated. 

The best thing to do is go to the nearest emergency department once the authorities have been contacted, an accident report has been completed, and vital information has been exchanged between you, the other driver, and any witnesses to the accident. Otherwise, you may opt to see your doctor, but it should be done the same day if possible. 

When you delay or completely dismiss receiving medical treatment, it can be a detriment to your case. Injuries you claim to have later on may not be taken seriously. 

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