I was in a car accident; my injuries are minor. Should I see a doctor?

The Pennsylvania Police Officers Crash Report Manual defines a minor injury as “any injury that is evident at the scene of the crash, other than fatal or serious injuries.” The Manual definition also lists several examples of a minor injury, including a bump on the head, scratches, bruises and cuts with minimal bleeding. These injuries may appear harmless, but they may indicate or lead to something more serious.

In a car accident, such minor injuries also accompany the impact of a car accident. For example, a bump to the head may result in an injured party having a headache. Furthermore, it may leave the person with temporary difficulty concentrating and dizziness. Similarly, minor cuts have severe consequences for individuals with certain health conditions. Because minor injuries can become major very quickly, a person should see a doctor right after a car accident.

A doctor has the medical knowledge and experience to give a complete medical examination. They can treat and diagnose any injuries the patient is aware of and discover any hidden issues arising from the car accident. Also, if the victim of a car accident plans to file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver, it is helpful to have medical records showing the injuries.

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