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I feel fine; should I still see a doctor after an auto accident?

The answer is:  it depends on whether you actually feel fine the next day.  Whether or not you choose to seek medical attention is a decision that is yours to make.  However, we advise all of our clients to consider several important factors before they decide that they are “fine.”

  1. Latent symptoms of serious injuries.  In many situations, the injuries that are sustained in a car accident are not felt until hours or days after the accident.  Many muscle injuries, including whiplash, do not being to cause pain in the victim until the next day.  In these situations, you should go to your doctor as soon as you experience any symptoms.
  2. Symptoms of serious injuries are often ignored.  Many accident victims say things like, “I’m fine, it’s not that bad,” or “It’s just a headache.”  However, many symptoms of serious injuries, such as head and neck injuries , often begin with minor aches and pains, or headaches.  If you were in a car accident and you feel any symptom, even a minor one, it is important to be seen by a medical professional as soon as possible.