If you’ve had a car accident, getting checked out as soon as possible helps assess any lingering health problems and strengthens any personal injury claims. At Family Medicine Clinic in Lakewood and Federal Way, Washington, Vuthy Leng, MD, accepts these sometimes controversial cases. Even if you feel fine following the accident, it’s important to call the office or book an appointment for immediately afterward to have an exam so any problems can be identified and treated. And if you have any major injuries, definitely contact the office for follow-up.

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What should I do if I have a car accident?

If your auto accident was catastrophic, emergency services takes care of your medical needs. However if you walk away, but have symptoms of pain or injury, you can schedule a same-day appointment at Family Medicine Clinic. Dr. Leng wants you to find the relief you need now, not weeks down the road.

Even if you walk away from an accident feeling fine, it’s a good idea to seek a doctor’s evaluation as soon as possible after the incident. Symptoms can appear in the days following the incident. These include:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Soreness anywhere on your body
  • Numbness and tingling in your legs and arms
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness

Even when a car accident seems minor, it can cause problems because it surprises you and your body. You don’t have time to brace yourself for impact, and your body undergoes trauma, usually to the soft tissue around the spine and neck.

If you hold off on getting these issues evaluated, you’ll have a harder time proving that the injuries resulted from the car accident. The longer you go without receiving medical attention, the more you put your long-term health and wellness at risk.

What treatment is available after a car accident?

At Family Medicine Clinic, Dr. Leng and his team provide evaluations and treatment management for any injuries. Many health care providers refuse to accept these cases, so you have limited resources to help you during recovery.

The practice takes third-party motor vehicle accident cases with the appropriate representation and agreements in place. Plus, Dr. Leng works in collaboration with chiropractors, physical therapists, and specialists whenever necessary to oversee your healing.

The staff understands the medical and legal implications of a motor vehicle accident claim and strives to represent you in a manner that streamlines and optimizes your claim. Dr. Leng offers legible and comprehensive treatment records to help your attorney best represent you when necessary.

If you’ve been in a car accident, the providers at Family Medicine Clinic are available to help with your medical needs. Call for a same-day appointment or use the online tool to schedule.