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3 common misconceptions about post-accident medical care

On Behalf of | Jun 27, 2024 | Personal Injury

After an accident, your health and well-being is a top priority. However, there are several misconceptions surrounding seeking medical care after an accident that can lead to confusion and potentially negative consequences.

There are a few things that you should know to make the best possible decisions for your health.

Misconception 1: “I feel fine, so I do not need a doctor.”

One of the most prevalent misconceptions is that if you do not feel pain or discomfort immediately after an accident, you do not need medical attention. Many injuries, such as whiplash or concussions, may not present symptoms until hours or even days after the incident. Delaying medical care can not only jeopardize your health but also make it more challenging to establish a connection between your injuries and the accident.

Misconception 2: “I cannot afford to see a doctor.”

Another common misconception is that seeking medical care after an accident is too expensive. While it is true that healthcare costs are a concern, prioritizing your health is essential. If you have health insurance, your policy may cover a significant portion of your medical expenses. Additionally, if another party is at fault for the accident, their insurance may cover your medical bills.

Misconception 3: “I will miss work for medical appointments.”

Many people worry that seeking medical care will require them to take time off work, leading to lost wages. Failing to address your health concerns can lead to more significant problems down the road, potentially resulting in even more time away from work. Most medical providers offer flexible scheduling options, including evening and weekend appointments, to accommodate your work schedule.

Delays in medical care after an accident allow injury symptoms to worsen. Early intervention helps you minimize your risk of long-term complications and provides the documentation you need for a personal injury case.

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