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Apr 8, 2015

It is important that you visit a medical provider immediately after being involved in an auto accident. The longer you wait before seeing one, the harder it will be to prove you were injured as a result of the accident. If you delay in attending to your medical needs, it may lead an insurance adjuster or juror to believe they were not that serious (or, worse, that they were sustained after the accident rather than during it).

When you do visit the doctor, he or she will likely want to perform some sort of imaging on your body to determine the severity of your injuries. Having a basic understanding of these technologies can make you feel more comfortable, and give you a better understanding of the reasoning behind the tests.

There are three common imaging procedures performed on car accident victims:


Most people are familiar with X-ray scans. With an X-ray, only a small part of your body is scanned. The X-ray machine casts radiation through the affected area, exposing special film and creates an image of the injury. Radiation from X-ray machines is not harmful. X-rays can be used to diagnose broken bones and other injuries. You may need to be X-rayed from several angles to get a complete image of your injury.


A computed tomography (CT) scan uses X-ray technology combined with computer imaging software. Like an MRI, CT-scans generate cross-sectional images of your body. CT-scans are useful tools for examining your internal organs and soft tissues; doctors can use them to spot trauma and injury to areas like the brain, spinal cord, or internal organs.


Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, is a high-tech imaging technique that creates a cross-section image of your body. This process does not require radiation, instead using magnetic fields to create high-resolution scans of your body. During an MRI, you will lie on a sliding table while the doctor scans your body. If you have ever watched an episode of House, you have probably seen an MRI machine in action. MRIs are useful for finding ligament and cartilage tears, other issues with soft tissue, and it usually takes between 30-90 minutes.

It is important that you work with your car accident lawyer in Los Angeles to ensure all of your medical procedures are correctly documented. Accurate records are critical when an insurance company evaluates your injuries or if your case goes to trial. For inquiries or to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced and reputable trial lawyers please contact West Coast Trial Lawyers at (888) 539-9582 or visit

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