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3 Tests You May Need After a Car Accident


When involved in a car accident, seeking immediate medical attention at an emergency room is critical to identifying and treating any injuries as well as determining the value of your injury claim.

When involved in a car accident, it’s always important to seek immediate medical attention. A comprehensive and extensive medical assessment will help you catch and treat injuries, even those that may not always appear right away. What’s more, the medical reports can help paint a clear picture of how the accident caused your injuries and help you determine the value of your injury claim.

Don’t Wait to Get Medical Attention!

Delaying to seek medical care because you’re not experiencing pain or have visible injuries can harm your health. It’s also not recommended to ignore minor symptoms such as mild headaches or back pain. If left untreated, these injuries can worsen and even become more expensive and challenging to treat. Luckily, when you visit the hospital, your treating doctor can conduct thorough tests to determine the extent of your injuries.

Here are three tests your treating doctor can perform on you to diagnose and treat your injuries properly:

  1. X-Rays – X-rays are medical tests that use electromagnetic waves to determine injuries in your body’s internal system. X-ray images help determine minor fractures such as a dislocated joint or major fractures such as whiplash and spinal cord injuries. Your treating doctor will then use these images to determine the best treatment for you.
  2. CT Scans – Computed Tomography (CT) is a diagnostic tool that uses x-rays and computers to create 3D images of your body’s soft tissues and bones. They help reveal internal bleeding, injuries to the tissues, muscles, or nerves that a typical x-ray scan cannot show.
  3. MRI Scans – Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a test that uses magnetic fields and radio waves to form vivid images of internal organs and tissues in your body. It is commonly used to show injuries not revealed by X-ray or CT imaging tests, such as injuries to your brain, internal organs, inner eye, or spinal cord injuries. While the procedure is relatively expensive, the results are valuable to your health and your claim.

Building a Compelling Case with Medical Tests

While X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans will be given to you depending on the injuries you sustained, their results can go a long way in proving and strengthening your injury claim. Therefore, be sure to have the tests performed on you after a car accident.

Also, when seeking medical attention, avoid exaggerating your injuries, lying about your pre-existing injuries, or missing treatment. This will reflect poorly on your accident claim. And it may lead the insurance adjuster to assume that you’re not severely injured.

St. Louis Auto Accident Attorneys

When you or a loved one are injured in a St Louis car accident caused by a negligent driver, don’t hesitate to contact our experienced attorneys at The Hoffmann Law Firm. We are always ready to help. Give us a call for a free case evaluation.

Updated: November 27, 2021