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How Long Should I Wait to See a Doctor?

Your health should be one of the most important factors when you suffer injuries because of someone else’s actions. Getting medical care is crucial for numerous reasons, but you don’t want to wait too long before you move forward.

One of the most vital steps to take is to see a doctor soon after the crash, even if you feel you have not suffered an injury. We’ll explain why below.

Latency Issues Exist

Some injuries have latency issues. You may suffer an injury, but you may not feel the pain and effects of it until well after the accident occurs (sometimes days or weeks). Even if you don’t feel anything immediately after the crash, it helps to seek medical care to receive a diagnosis, rule out potential injuries, and provide you with treatment early in the process.

Getting the Care You Need

If you do suffer an injury and you’re unaware of it, your damages can worsen, and you may not get treatment right away. The longer you go without treatment, the more your injuries can impact your entire life, creating significant problems for you moving forward.

Delays Can Give Insurance Companies Leverage

When you delay and wait to get medical care, insurance companies may try to use it against you. They will try to say that you are not hurt or that you suffered your injury in a separate incident. Don’t give insurance adjusters an advantage to try and deny or minimize your claim.

Medical Care Equals Medical Records

Seeing a doctor gives you the opportunity to build your case with medical records that help you when filing a claim. Your medical record can indicate your injury’s severity, how long you may miss from work, and ongoing care needs, all of which can help build your claim.

At LaMarca Law Group, P.C., our Des Moines car accident lawyers have the experience you can trust. We’re dedicated to advocacy and justice. When you suffer severe harm, we provide the legal counsel to hold negligence accountable under Iowa’s at-fault laws.

Call us today at (515) 705-0233.

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