Frequently Asked Questions
I have been in a car accident.
Should I go to a doctor?
The short answer to this question is yes. If you have been injured in a car accident, you should
see a doctor immediately. There are two main reasons to seek medical attention. First, you should see a
doctor for your own well-being. You may not be able to recognize the extent of your injuries yourself; a small ache could
be something significant, or it could be nothing at all. Only a doctor can tell you for whether your pain was caused by the
car accident. Second, you should see a doctor because if you decide to bring a legal claim against the
at-fault driver or another party, you will need documentation of your injuries and what you did to fix them.
Can I get compensated for whiplash or soft tissue damages?
The common term of whiplash covers a large and complex area of connective tissue injury. An
insurance company (or a jury) will require medical proof of these connective tissue injuries. If you experience
neck or back pain, numbness, loss of range of motion, or pain in your joints after an accident, you should see a doctor immediately.
A physician can verify your injury through a variety of diagnostics (X-rays or MRI, physical ability tests). Whiplash
or connective tissue injuries are very difficult to prove, so it is important to have medical personnel document your injury
and recovery. ("I returned to work in Week 4, but am still taking medication for the pain." "After seven weeks,
I still cannot lift my two-year old.")