Why It's So Important to Visit a Doctor Immediately Following a Car Wreck

June 13, 2023
patient in MRI machine

Being involved in a car wreck can be a traumatic and stressful experience. In addition to the emotional toll they take, car wrecks can also cause physical injuries, some of which may not be immediately apparent.

Even if you don't think you were seriously hurt, it's always best to err on the side of caution and get checked out by a medical professional as soon as possible. Here are some of the biggest reasons why:

  • To diagnose and treat any injuries you may have. Just because you don't feel any pain immediately after the collision doesn’t mean you have not suffered internal injuries. These injuries can be serious and even life-threatening if they're not treated promptly.
  • To document your injuries. If you decide to file a personal injury lawsuit, you'll need to have documentation of your injuries in order to prove that they were caused by the collision. A doctor's report is one of the most important pieces of evidence in a personal injury case.
  • To protect your legal rights. By seeking medical care immediately, you're helping to protect your legal rights in case you decide to file a personal injury lawsuit and/or insurance claim. If you don't seek medical care, the insurance company may argue that you weren't really injured or that your injuries were not caused by the accident.

What to Expect When You Go to the Doctor

When you go to the doctor after a car collision, they will likely ask you a number of questions about the accident, such as:

  • Were you wearing a seatbelt?
  • Did you hit your head?
  • Do you have any pain, tenderness, or restricted range of motion?
  • Are you having any trouble breathing?
  • Is your vision blurry?

The doctor will then perform a physical examination to assess your injuries. This may include checking your vital signs, such as your heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing rate. The doctor will also look for any obvious signs of injury, such as cuts, bruises, or swelling.

If the doctor finds any physical injuries, they will likely order tests, such as X-rays, MRIs, or CT scans. These tests can reveal the extent of your injuries so your doctor can develop a treatment plan.

How Are Car Accident Injuries Treated?

The treatment for your car wreck injuries will depend on their severity. Some common treatments include:

  • Rest,
  • Ice,
  • Compression,
  • Elevation,
  • Medication,
  • Physical therapy, and
  • Surgery.

In some cases, you may need to be hospitalized. If you have serious injuries, it's important to follow your doctor's instructions carefully so you can facilitate your recovery.

Call 864-585-3873 to Discuss Your Case with a South Carolina Car Accident Attorney

If it turns out you were seriously hurt in a car accident, you deserve justice. For help seeking it, turn to Hodge & Langley Law Firm. Our compassionate team will fight tirelessly on your behalf so you can put your life back together in the aftermath of the crash. Call 864-585-3873 or submit our Contact Form to schedule a free initial consultation with a car accident lawyer in South Carolina.



First Name is required
Last Name is required
Please enter a 10 digit phone number
Please enter a valid email address

Submission of information in this contact form does not establish an attorney-client relationship. In order to establish such a relationship with our firm we require a direct meeting with the attorney.

Call Us: (864) 585-3873

Connect With Us:

Error Message

google icon
  • star
  • star
  • star
  • star
  • star

5 Star Rating by Ava

  • star
  • star
  • star
  • star
  • star

5 Star Rating by Sadie

  • star
  • star
  • star
  • star
  • star

5 Star Rating by Andrew