How soon should you see a doctor after a car accident?

It’s important to see a doctor as soon as possible after a car accident, even if an ambulance was at the scene. A car accident can potentially leave you in shock (medical or non-medical), which can cause a possible lack of pain. Therefore, the lack of pain immediately after an accident doesn’t necessarily mean that you are not hurt.

So when should you see a doctor after an accident?

Most Australian medical authorities suggest you see a doctor straight away. Whether you feel pain or not, your doctor will be the best position to determine whether or not you have sustained any form of injuries. If you have, then they will evaluate the extent of the injuries and recommend the treatment.

Your doctor will examine your back, neck, shoulders and general health. They will also advise on monitoring and symptoms of potential injuries worsen over a number of days. In particular whiplash, which can appear up to 24 hours after the accident.

When should see a doctor immediately?

If you’ve been involved in a car accident and you feel an indication that you may have been injured or feel that something isn’t right, then you need to see a doctor immediately. Severe injuries like broken bones or head trauma need to be assessed and treated as soon as possible.

Next steps

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