What Happens If I Need a Doctor After My Tampa Car Accident?
The answer is clear. Of course you need to see a doctor! Why? It is better to be safe than sorry. There seems to be a general misconception as to when someone involved in an accident should treat with a medical doctor. People believe that there is no point in seeing a doctor, when involved in an accident, unless they break a leg, are rendered unconscious at the scene, or are left cut and bleeding. This type of thinking can and may cause you much pain and suffering in the future, because your failure to seek a medical check-up and/or treatment immediately after an accident may cause an undiagnosed condition resulting from the accident to go untreated, thus potentially creating a chronic lifelong impairment or disability. Therefore, demand to be taken to the nearest emergency room for treatment. Deal with your car and other accident issues after you tend to your health. Remember, it is always wise to retain a lawyer as soon as possible, so that you do not have to worry about the many issues which arise after an accident. This will also give you time to concentrate on your physical wellbeing.
It is not uncommon for an accident victim to feel no pain right after an accident, as they may be in shock, or their adrenaline may be running, thus masking the pain. However, a few hours after the accident, the body, having had a chance to relax, may begin to get sore, stiff, tight, achy; throbbing muscle pain in the neck, back, shoulders, legs, arms, and headaches may also result. Seek immediate medical attention, should this happen to you or a loved one.
Another misconception is the rear-end low-impact type of collision, which is commonly referred to as "whiplash." This type of a low speed collision can be very serious, and may cause permanent injury to your back, head, and neck, especially if the injury is ignored and remains untreated. In a "whiplash" type accident, your head is thrown backward and then forward in a violent manner, causing damage to muscles, tendons, ligaments, and discs in your spine. When your body is pushed past its normal limits, things can tear which may lead to symptoms of reduced flexibility, range of motion, sharp shooting type pain, and may result in nerve impingement, because of a herniated or bulging disc in your spine.
When you go to the emergency room, or treating doctor's office, give them a description of the accident, and what areas of your body are hurting. Also, provide a full medical history, because both your doctor and your lawyer will need this accurate information to better help you with your medical treatment and/or pending legal claim for money damages, as a result of your injuries.
Some examples of treatment you can expect to receive at many of these clinics which cater to trauma or automobile accident victims, include hot and cold packs, massage, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and traction. The doctor may also prescribe medications to reduce pain, inflammation and relax muscles.
Finally, just remember when picking a doctor to treat you for your injuries, that you pick someone you like, someone that you feel comfortable with, and someone with experience in dealing with automobile accident victims and the lawyers that represent them, to ensure that they will help the lawyer by providing credible and factual medical reports, clearly identifying the patient's present and future condition.
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