Why You Shouldn’t Delay Seeking Medical Care After an Accident
If you have ever been involved in a car accident, you understand how overwhelming and traumatic the experience can be. Those who appear to be severely injured will likely receive emergency treatment and get transported to the hospital in an ambulance, but what if your car wreck does not warrant emergency treatment? Should you hold off on medical care? You might feel fine and not have any visible injuries or broken bones, but that does not mean you are okay. Delaying treatment in such cases can cause you quite a bit of harm in more ways than one.
Here are some reasons why you should never delay medical care in the aftermath of an accident:
- It is bad for your health: First and foremost, delaying medical treatment puts your health and well-being at risk. Not all injuries are obvious and apparent, so while you might think you are fine, a serious condition might be brewing. In fact, many injuries can take days or weeks before symptoms appear, at which point treatment might not be as effective as it might have been had you sought it sooner. When it comes to your health, err on the side of caution and see a doctor as soon as possible even if you are not in pain. The only way to be certain that you did not sustain any injuries in an accident is by having a professional thoroughly examine you, so make sure to never forego this step.
- It can hurt your insurance claim: Even though injuries commonly take time to develop symptoms, if an insurance company sees a gap between the accident and your first trip to the doctor’s office, they will argue you were not too badly injured since you did not feel it was necessary to go the day you sustained the injuries. This is an argument insurance companies can easily get away with to avoid compensating a victim. Unfortunately, those involved in car accidents tend not to know how badly they are hurt until the pain worsens to the point where they might be in need of surgery or physical therapy. Protect yourself and see a doctor to begin a paper trail of evidence that proves you were injured and sought treatment right away.
- Putting off your doctor’s visit will not save you money: People typically put off medical treatment out of concern for the cost. They often choose to wait to see if the at-fault driver’s insurance will accept the fault and cover their medical bills. However, this approach is not the right way to go about getting the compensation you need in the aftermath of an accident. You should first seek treatment and, once treatment is complete, send the medical bills to the at-fault party’s insurance company to request a reimbursement. This is generally how the claims process works.
- Not seeking medical treatment because you think your claim will be denied: Auto accident victims sometimes wonder if they will be able to prove the other driver was at fault or if the insurance company will pay for their medical bills. The concern is, of course, that after suffering this terrible accident, sustaining injuries, and seeking medical treatment, you will be left with the bill. If this is a concern for you, now is the time to consider hiring a personal injury attorney. He or she will be able to help you with the claims process, gather evidence, and negotiate with the insurance company. No one should have to pay for someone else’s mistakes and having a skilled attorney on your side can greatly improve your chances of success in your case.
Boulder Personal Injury Attorneys
Car accidents can inflict life-altering consequences, causing a ripple effect that can reverberate not only through the life of the injured victim, but his or her family as well. If you or someone you love was injured in a car accident caused by another driver, you must seek the legal assistance of Klein Frank, P.C. Our Boulder car accident attorneys will conduct a comprehensive investigation of your case to determine the exact cause of it and who should be held liable. After establishing liability, we will be able to help file an injury claim against the at-fault driver for damages, including compensation for medical care, property damage, rehabilitative care, and pain and suffering.
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