Car accidents are scary things to live through. If you’ve been in a moderate or serious accident, you should seek medical evaluation as soon as possible — preferably that same day. Here’s what you need to know.
What Should You Do After A Car Accident?
If you’ve been in a car accident, you’re probably in a little bit (or a lot) of shock. That’s okay and quite natural, but it’s important that you follow some simple steps to make sure that you don’t make things any worse for yourself than they already are.
Immediately after an accident, you should:
Should I See A Doctor After A Car Accident Even If I’m Not In Pain?
A lot of times, if someone isn’t visibly injured after a car accident, they will opt to skip going to the doctor afterwards. This is a big mistake, and something you should never, ever do. There are several reasons for this.
First, you may be in such shock, or consumed by so much adrenaline, that you have missed an injury that you’ve had. This is quite common, as people do not realize the extent to which your body can mask pain while you are in the midst of an emergency or trauma. This is a survival reflex by your body to allow you to get out of a dangerous situation even after you have sustained some pretty bad injuries. Don’t discount the extent of this phenomenon.
Additionally, the fact is that many injuries that are seen in the aftermath of a car accident are not immediately noticeable. Internal trauma, bruising, and muscle or joint injuries often take a while to show symptoms. This is why you always see the classic trope of someone waking up the next day after a car accident, unable to get out of bed despite walking home on their own power the previous day.
For insurance purposes, it’s critical that any injuries you’ve sustained are traceable to the accident itself. If you wait too long after an accident to seek medical treatment, doubt can begin to creep into the process (from the insurance company’s point of view) as to whether your affliction was a direct result of the accident. To avoid this and all the other items mentioned above, it’s very important that you have the discipline to be seen by a doctor immediately after any car accident.
After A Car Accident, Should I Go To The Emergency Room or An Urgent Care Center?
The number one reason why people do not seek medical evaluation after a car accident is fear of the cost associated with the evaluation and treatment. Yet, this is never an acceptable reason not to be seen by a qualified doctor when your body has just been through something as traumatic and potentially life-altering as a car accident.
Thankfully, the rise of urgent care centers such as Broward Outpatient Urgent Care have begun to solve this problem altogether. When an ambulance takes you to an emergency room, you may wake up the next morning with massive bills depending on what happened. When you go to Broward Outpatient Urgent Care, you receive the care — except without the wait, and without the exorbitant cost.
Urgent care centers are the absolute best way to manage your health following a car accident. They allow you to be seen quickly, have access to the facilities, and be treated effectively without the burden of cost. Even if you have a comprehensive insurance plan, you’ll probably end up coming out of pocket a significant amount after going to a traditional ER. At Broward Outpatient Urgent Care, however, we offer flexible payment options to all patients, including patients who have no health insurance.
Don’t play games with your health and your well-being after a stressful and traumatic experience like a car accident. Come to Broward Outpatient Urgent Care and take care of yourself the right way — quickly, and at a price you can afford.
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