Do I Need to See a Doctor After a Workplace Accident?
After an accident, you may not feel any symptoms of an injury for hours, days, or even weeks. Many people make the mistake of waiting or failing to see a doctor if they don’t feel any pain after an on-the-job accident. However, this could lead to complications down the road, and may put your workers’ compensation claim in jeopardy. That is why it is important to make an appointment to see your doctor as soon as possible, even if you feel uninjured.
Seeing a Doctor Can Help Ensure You Don’t Have Underlying Injuries
Underlying injuries, such as whiplash, muscle sprains and strains, ligament tears, traumatic brain injuries, and internal organ damage, may not exhibit symptoms until long after the initial trauma. This means you may have an injury but not even feel it until days or weeks after the accident. If you wait to see a doctor, you will not receive the treatment you need to recover, and you may experience complications and other side effects that could hinder your quality of life. A doctor will conduct a detailed physical examination to determine signs of underlying injuries. This will allow you to receive the medical care and treatment you need to avoid further complications.
Seeing a Doctor Can Help Protect Your Workers’ Compensation Claim
Medical records are often used as evidence in workers’ comp claims. If you wait to see a doctor, or fail to see a doctor at all, the insurance company may say that your injuries did not result from an on-the-job accident. By having a copy of your medical records, you can show the extent and cause of your injuries.
If you have been injured at work, The Law Offices of Nathaniel F. Hansford, LLC can provide efficient representation. We are passionate about meeting the individual legal needs of our clients, and will walk you through the legal process as you seek financial relief. From start to finish, our Atlanta workers’ compensation attorneys will tenaciously fight on your behalf and represent you every step of the way.