You may develop symptoms of untreated auto accident injuries hours, days, weeks, and even months following a car accident.
Like most other injuries, serious side effects can occur when injuries from car accidents are left untreated. For example, while you may feel fine the same day as the accident or even days after, as time goes on the injuries may start to become more apparent. You may have stiff muscles or joints and lose motion as the injuries become more manifest.
Oftentimes, injuries do not appear right away. Waiting to treat them until they start to flare up will make them more difficult to treat. However, if you go soon after the accident while you don’t have any noticeable symptoms, an experienced chiropractor will be able to diagnose the injury before you start feeling it.
Then, they can start chiropractor treatment immediately, which will reduce treatment time and symptoms. Whereas auto accidents that are left untreated can get much worse and result in loss of movement and increased pain, early treatment will ensure that any injuries are dealt with before they have the chance to worsen.
Another reason to schedule a chiropractic appointment after an accident, even if you feel uninjured, is that if you wait until you start to feel your injuries, it could be too late for insurance coverage.
Chiropractic care should be covered by your insurance provider. However, if you wait too long, your insurance company could claim that your injuries aren’t related to the accident. Therefore, regardless of how you’re feeling after an accident, schedule an appointment with a chiropractor as soon as you can to make sure that you recover quickly, treat any auto injury problems before they get worse, and are completely covered by insurance. Your chiropractor will also be able to provide a detailed diagnosis and treatment plan and provide it to your insurance company for you.
What more, if you plan on filing a claim for a settlement, the records of your diagnosis and treatment plan will prove to be extremely valuable for your case. It will help your lawyers to prove any injury to your body and emotional distress and include your treatment plan along with any loss of wages.