Have you ever woken up in the morning with muscle pain in your back or legs and thought to yourself “What did I do to pull a muscle? I didn’t do anything strenuous yesterday.”, but later you remember that two days before you helped your sister move a heavy antique table that used to belong to your grandmother? Sometimes, it can take a day or two for an injury to result in pain. That is why, even if you feel you think you were not injured in a car wreck, you should go see a doctor as quickly as possible just to make sure you do not have an injury you may not notice at the time.
If you are not hurt, then you only lost time, but if it turns out that you have an injury, early intervention can prevent a lot of unnecessary pain and discomfort. Even if the doctor does not find anything wrong at the time, but you wind up with pain a couple of days later, you have already documented a traumatic or serious event that your doctor will have in mind in determining whether the pain is related.
Far too often I hear insurance companies, their adjusters, and their lawyers claim that my client must not be injured or she would have gone to the doctor immediately. Just as often, doctors tell me that my client may have recovered more quickly if they had gotten treatment in those early hours after the accident.
If you are in a car wreck, get to the doctor. Your grandmother would have told you that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Some bits of advice are as timeless and treasured as that antique table she left your sister!