It’s expected that a “major” accident – a head-on or broadside collision at high speed – will result in injuries. But even a “minor” car accident – a fender-bender or slow speed collision – can cause injuries. If you have been involved in an accident and have the slightest worry or indication that something isn’t right – pain, bruises, soreness, dizziness, or just not feeling right – it’s a good idea to seek medical attention immediately. Why?
Take care of your health
The body’s defense mechanisms kick in when it is subjected to pain and stress. It releases endorphins and adrenaline, and these help to mask pain, partially or completely, until you can cope with the initial shock of an accident. It may take hours, days, or even a week before you start to feel discomfort or pain. A common mistake is to walk away from an accident proclaiming, “I’m okay. A little sore, but it’s no big deal.” It could be a very big deal. By seeking medical attention immediately, you increase the likelihood that you’ll make a full recovery and won’t suffer from long-term pain. You may have injuries that aren’t evident or obvious immediately after the accident.
Protect yourself legally
If you don’t seek medical treatment immediately after an accident, insurance companies can argue that you weren’t injured that badly, or perhaps not at all. Or your injury resulted from an unrelated incident after the accident, and you are just trying to play the system to get financial compensation. In fact, one of the standard criteria insurance companies use is how promptly a person seeks medical attention after an accident. A delay of just one day could jeopardize your chances of getting due compensation for your injuries.
You need a paper trail
After an accident, a report is generally filed with the police. But seeking immediate medical attention will create a paper trail which could become very important down the road; any problems or injuries you have can be directly tied back to the accident. And be sure to continue treatment exactly as the doctor has prescribed. If you discontinue treatment, you could be risking your health. Additionally, insurance companies could refuse to pay for additional medical expenses, arguing that, since you discontinued treatment, you had fully recovered from the injuries related to the accident.
Let us help
If you have been injured in a car accident, seek medical and legal help immediately. Insurance companies know all the tricks to avoid paying compensation. You need someone on your side that understands the system and will fight for you. Contact Carter Craig, Attorneys at Law. They will help you get the maximum compensation you deserve.