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After a crash, do you need to go to the hospital?

When you're involved in a car crash, one of the things you need to do is to seek medical care. Most people know that doing so is smart, but did you know that it can help you get more out of your personal injury claim?

When you go to the hospital, you're showing that you take your health seriously and showing that you were injured at the time of the crash. Though you can go to the hospital or a medical provider after the fact, going right away is better for your health since you can get a medical exam immediately. Doing that gives you the opportunity to see if there are any underlying medical problems going on, too, which may prevent complications due to delayed-onset injuries.

As someone who is injured and who will want to make a claim, it's always a good idea to start a paper trail early on. You should show that you have injuries and medical documentation to submit to the insurance agency. Even if it turns out that you're okay, the at-fault driver's insurance company should cover the costs that arise from you going to the hospital.

While there is no rule for when people should or shouldn't go to the hospital, you should remember that even low-speed collisions can result in pain and injuries. Injuries like whiplash can take many hours to begin to hurt.

As an easy tip, just remember to go to the hospital after a crash. You should go through a medical exam to be cautious and to be sure you're healthy.

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