How Long Do You Have to Go to the Doctor After a Car Accident?

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If you have been involved in a car accident, even a minor one, it is important to see a doctor as soon as you can. Generally, we advise seeing a doctor within 72 hours of your accident. Even if you think you weren't hurt, you should still get checked out. Often, victims of a car accident don't start to experience symptoms right away. A doctor can perform an examination and check for typical car accident injuries that may not manifest symptoms until days or weeks later.A doctor can examine you and take x-rays after a car accident | Reid B. Wissner Law

If you have been in a car accident, call NYC personal injury lawyer Reid B. Wissner at 212-406-9288 as soon as possible for your complimentary consultation. A personal injury lawyer is vital for you to get the maximum compensation possible. Insurance companies will almost never offer a fair settlement, but a lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve.

What Kind of Doctor Should You See After a Car Accident?

If you were in a severe car crash that resulted in major injuries, you or someone on the scene should call 911 so that you can go to the hospital. If the car crash was minor and you don't need an ambulance, you should visit one of the following within 72 hours of the crash:

  • Your primary care doctor
  • Urgent care
  • A chiropractor

Any of these will be able to perform the necessary medical evaluation you need after a car accident. Primary care doctors often have a long wait to get an appointment, so if you can't get in to see yours soon enough, skip them and visit an urgent care center instead. Chiropractors are also trained to perform medical evaluations after a car crash, although they cannot prescribe any medications you may need.

What to Do If You Do Not Have Health Insurance

Many victims of car accidents may be reluctant to visit a doctor because they are worried about the cost of a visit. However, there are options even if you don't have health insurance or have a high deductible. These can include:

  • No fault insurance
  • Making an arrangement with your doctor to pay them from your settlement proceeds

New York is a no-fault state, which means that your own car insurance will pay at least a portion of your medical bills if you are in an accident, regardless of fault. In addition, many physicians who regularly perform medical examinations for car accident victims will accept a payment plan or an arrangement where you agree to pay them from your future personal injury settlement.

If you contact Reid B. Wissner as soon as possible after your car accident, he can help walk you through everything you should do to ensure the best outcome in your case. He may even be able to help you find a doctor who specializes in personal injury evaluation after a car crash. Just remember that the longer you delay getting medical help and calling a personal injury lawyer, the less chance you have of getting maximum compensation.

Schedule Your Personal Injury Consultation

If you have been injured in a car accident caused by someone else, don't hesitate to contact NYC personal injury lawyer Reid B. Wissner at 212-406-9288 to schedule your complimentary consultation. We serve clients in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Manhattan, and other nearby areas of New York City.

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