A Timely Medical Evaluation Can Significantly Increase the Value of a Car Accident Claim in New Mexico

Young Man With a Wrapped Arm After It's Been Injured With a Totaled CarA car slammed you from behind at an Albuquerque intersection, and you’re not sure if you should see a doctor or not. Take it from a New Mexico car accident attorney—there is no harm in getting a medical assessment of your injury, and it could do you a lot of good if you end up filing a personal injury claim against the other driver.

What a Doctor Can Do for Your Albuquerque Injury Claim

Car crashes happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Even seemingly minor accidents can leave you in shock. In the aftermath of a crash, you will probably not be thinking clearly. You may want to get out of the situation as quickly as possible and deal with getting your car fixed. However, you may have sustained a serious injury and not even know it. A visit to the doctor can determine if you suffered one of the following common injuries:

  • Soft tissue damage. The pain of a strain or sprain to a muscle or ligament may not be evident until hours or days later. If you tell your doctor about the nature of your car accident, he or she will evaluate you for common soft tissue injuries caused by car crashes and you can begin treatment right away.
  • Back and neck injuries. If you were hit from behind, you might have damaged the discs along your spinal cord. What may just feel like stiffness right now could develop into a serious, debilitating back injury unless you are diagnosed by a doctor early.
  • Whiplash. The butt of many TV jokes, whiplash is actually a serious neck injury. With early diagnosis and treatment, you have a much better chance of a full recovery.

After a car accident, the most important thing you can do is get prompt treatment for your injuries. Not only will it give you the best chance of a full recovery, but it will also provide valuable evidence for an injury claim later on. If the accident was not your fault and you have suffered physical and financial damages, you may need to make a claim on the other driver’s insurance policy. Without documentation of your injuries, winning such a claim could be very difficult.

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