Oftentimes, if the injuries sustained in an accident are not severe enough to warrant getting whisked away in an ambulance, people tend to assume they are well enough and not in need of medical attention. However, this is a major mistake. Not all injuries present symptoms in the immediate aftermath of an accident and, in some cases, it can even take weeks before someone experiences any pain or discomfort. Unfortunately, if you wait that long before seeking treatment, it can make it difficult for you to successfully file a personal injury claim to obtain compensation.
Keep in mind that the insurance company of the at-fault party is looking for any reason to deny you compensation and, if you take too long to see a doctor, an adjuster might think that your injuries are not related to the accident or that you are exaggerating your symptoms to extract money from them. The best way to ensure you do not damage your chances of filing a personal injury claim is to see a doctor as soon as possible after the accident.
Here are some more reasons why it is imperative that you seek medical attention after being involved in a car accident:
- Your injuries will worsen: Seeing a doctor sooner rather than later is also in the best interest of your health. If you wait too long to treat certain injuries, they can worsen and put you at risk for permanent damage. In fact, some head injuries such as hematoma, can have fatal consequences if not dealt with immediately. Never assume you are fine just because you are not experiencing any symptoms.
- You will lose evidence: If you go to the doctor after leaving the scene of the accident, or shortly after, a variety of tests will be performed and their results will serve as crucial evidence for your personal injury claim. The less medical documentation you have for your claim, the less likely it is your claim will be successful. Start the paper trail of evidence now.
- You will not be compensated adequately: In the event that you are still able to obtain compensation, despite waiting too long to receive treatment, chances are that it will not be enough to cover your injuries. If you were to get immediate medical treatment, you would have a stronger case and would be able to maximize compensation.
It might seem like a hassle to go to the doctor after an accident if you are not feeling any symptoms, but it will reduce your stress in the long run. You might be fine, but there is no reason for you to take a chance on your health.
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It is crucial to seek medical attention after being involved in a car accident to ensure your personal injury claim has the best possible chance of success. You should also make it a priority to obtain skilled legal assistance. At Alpine Law Group, our car accident attorneys will fight on your behalf to ensure you are able to obtain the compensation you need to recover.
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