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Should I Seek Medical Care After a Car Accident During COVID-19?

On Behalf of | Feb 2, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

As you probably know, it’s in your best interest to seek medical care immediately after a car accident, even if you don’t feel seriously injured. But what about during the age of the novel coronavirus? Is it still a good idea to seek medical care after an accident?

Here’s what you need to know:

Seeking Medical Care During COVID-19

If you’ve had to visit your physician or go to the hospital for any reason since the outbreak of COVID-19, you know that the experience doesn’t look like it used to.

These days, hospitals are nearly at capacity due to the pandemic. More people are sick now than ever.

However, that doesn’t mean you should neglect your own medical care.

You May Not Realize You Are Injured

You may think you can skip the doctor visit after getting into a car accident if you don’t feel seriously hurt. However, this is not a good idea.

It’s always in your best interest to seek medical care following a car accident, even if you don’t feel serious pain. You see, sometimes the pain of your injuries can be blocked as a result of trauma. This is an automatic response in your brain to help protect you and allow you the mental capacity to deal with the situation at hand.

It’s possible for the pain of your injuries to be delayed by hours, days, or even a week or more. It’s best not to risk your health and your potential claim by skipping the doctor’s visit.

You Likely Won’t Come In Contact With COVID-19 at the Doctor

Most hospitals keep their coronavirus patients in a separate wing of the hospital, in order to reduce transmission to healthy patients. This means it is unlikely you will come in direct contact with the virus, which means you probably won’t catch it just from going to the doctor.

Remember: You’re not only doing your body a disservice by skipping the doctor’s visit following a crash, but you may also be harming your claim for damages.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident through no fault of your own, you may be able eligible for compensation. Let us see if we can help you recover it.

Call Templeton Smithee Hayes Heinrich & Russell, LLP today. We represent clients in the Texas panhandle and Eastern New Mexico.