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What to Do If You’re Injured in a Non-Emergency Accident – How to React

You’ve had a minor mishap. Maybe a fender bender, a slip on the sidewalk, or an unexpected tumble during a pick-up basketball game. It’s not a life-threatening situation, but you’re definitely feeling the pain. So, what should you do if you’re injured in a non-emergency accident?

First, take a deep breath. Non-emergency accidents can be stressful, but knowing how to handle the situation can make all the difference in your recovery. Here’s your go-to guide for navigating those less-than-catastrophic incidents:

Step 1: Assess the Damage

Start with a quick check-in with yourself. Do you feel any immediate, intense pain? Are there any obvious injuries like cuts, bruises, or swelling? If so, don’t hesitate to seek medical attention, even if it seems minor. Some injuries can be sneaky, and it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Step 2: Document, Document, Document

Whether it’s a car accident or a sports injury, it’s crucial to document the scene. Take photos or videos of the area, any visible injuries, and any property damage. If there are witnesses, get their contact information. Any documentation you collect can be helpful for insurance claims or if you need to seek legal advice down the road.

Step 3: Seek Medical Attention (Even if You Feel “Fine”)

It’s tempting to shrug off minor injuries, thinking they’ll heal on their own. But some injuries can worsen over time if left untreated. Whiplash, for example, may not cause immediate pain but can lead to serious discomfort later. Even if you feel okay initially, it’s always a good idea to get checked out by a medical professional to rule out any hidden issues.

Step 4: Stay Off Google

We’ve all been there, frantically searching for answers online after an injury. Resist the urge to self-diagnose. The internet is full of misinformation and relying on “Dr. Google” can lead to unnecessary worry or even delay in seeking proper medical care. Let the professionals at Impact Medical Group assess your situation and recommend the best course of action.

Step 5: Follow Your Treatment Plan

Whether it’s rest, ice, physical therapy, or medication, following your doctor’s recommendations is key to a smooth recovery. Don’t skip appointments or try to tough it out. Your body needs time to heal, and following the prescribed treatment plan will help ensure a full recovery.

From Fender Benders to Falls, Impact Medical Group Is Your Partner in Recovery

Impact Medical Group of Brandon specializes in treating injuries from accidents, both big and small. Our caring medical team has the expertise to diagnose your condition, recommend appropriate treatment, and help you get back on your feet as quickly as possible.

Don’t let a minor accident derail your life. Schedule your free consultation today and take the first step towards healing and recovery. Call (813) 522-8885—we’re here to help you every step of the way!