You've suffered an accident. Minding your own business at a red light and WHAM! Smacked from behind by someone on their cell phone. You're in shock! What happened?! As you get a hold of you wits, you realize you've been rear-ended. You get out, check your car and exchange information. Not until all of this is done, do you have the time to think about how you feel.
You begin to realize your neck feels stiff, soreness begins in your neck and shoulder blades and you notice a headache. These are the classic signs of a car accident whiplash injury. These car accident symptoms can appear immediately, in hours, days or even weeks. No matter how long they take to come on, they are a sign of injury and injuries need to be addressed immediately.
So When Should You See a Chiropractor After a Car Accident? --Immediately.
From a medical standpoint, you need to have your injuries assessed, documented and begin the healing process with treatment. That should occur right away. You may not have any symptoms or they may be mild, but the fact is, your neck can be damaged and cause little pain. Your car can look ok and your neck be damaged. So regardless of symptoms, get checked by a car accident injury specialist ASAP after an accident.
From an insurance case standpoint, you need to be examined by a doctor within 72 hours (3 days) of the accident otherwise they will discount the value of your case; sometimes drastically. Automobile insurance companies all use some form of computer program to track and assess injury cases. They input the particulars of your case into the system and the program tells them what range to offer you. An important piece of data is the length of time it took for you to see a doctor after an accident. If it's within 3 days you are ok; if it's after that your case gets a ding. If the time span is long enough it will severely damage your case.
A delay in treatment will put off the healing and recovery of your injuries. A delay will also result in problems in settling your case at the end. In order to maximize your healing and optimize your eventual settlement, you should see a car accident doctor immediately after your accident.
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