Not Seeing a Doctor Post-Accident Hurts Claims
Accidents happen and there is only so much that we can do to prepare. One second you’re driving to work and the next thing you know, you’re calling the police about a collision with a truck. Dealing with accidents of all kinds whether they’re a car, motorcycle, semi-truck, etc. can be an ordeal. It can be easy to forget to take care of yourself by seeing a doctor. Mistakes like this can sometimes compromise a car accident claim. Always remember to seek the medical attention of a certified medical professional as soon as you can following a car accident. Regardless of the intensity or whether you feel any symptoms, seeing a doctor to get examined is very important if you choose to file a car accident claim down the line.
Seeking compensation for Car Accident Injuries
Those that have received injuries from accidents they were not at fault for, reserve the right to file a car accident claim to recover money for damages that they may have sustained because of their injury. Things like lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering damages can be extremely costly for a person but they thankfully are damages that a plaintiff can receive compensation for with a car accident claim.
In order to pursue a car accident claim successfully, a plaintiff must prove that a liable party like the other driver was at fault and that their negligence caused their injuries. Negligence is the failure to do something within reasonable ability to prevent damage done to another person. For example, texting while behind the wheel is a negligent behavior since an accident caused by this would be easily avoidable if the person that was texting had taken proper care to not put others at risk with their reckless behavior.
Neglecting to See a Doctor After an Accident Affects your Claim
One part of the claim is proving a liable party’s negligence and that negligence’s causing of the plaintiff’s injury. On the other side, a defense will do everything in their power to make a case that the behavior was not negligent and they will also attempt to discredit the root of the claim which is the injury that the plaintiff suffered.
When someone involved in an accident fails to seek treatment immediately after a car accident they risk having their injuries appear less credible. If this happens a defendant will try to reason that since the plaintiff didn’t seek treatment right away after an accident then the injuries were not as serious as they may claim. Every day that goes by after an accident where a plaintiff did not go seek medical care increases the chance that a defendant may effectively call the credibility of an injury into question. So it is not only important to see a doctor for your physical health but to also have documentation of your injury that ensures your claim is credible.
What to do in the Car Accident’s Aftermath
If medical assistance is offered at the scene of the accident from first responders then make sure to accept it. An insurance company can find out if you if you rejected their offers to help and it can negatively affect the credibility of your claim. Also, when you are speaking to anyone after an accident, be very careful about what you say in regard to any possible injuries you may have sustained. Saying off-handedly that you are fine or that you don’t need to see a doctor can come up later. The defense in a car accident claim can dig up the fact that you said something like this and use it against you to decrease the value of your claim.
Car Accident Injuries With Delayed Symptoms
Car accident injuries do not always immediately make themselves known. Many people get involved in car accidents and walk away without realizing that they have suffered an injury. Some injuries may start to display symptoms within a day and others might actually take close to a week depending on the circumstances of the accident. Delayed injuries can prove to be quite severe despite the delay of their symptoms and should be taken seriously.
The most common of these delayed injuries is whiplash. This type of delayed injury is caused by intense jerking motion a drivers neck can experience during a vehicle collision. The vertebrae in the neck, as well as its muscle tissue, suffer damage but due to the lingering effects of endorphins and adrenaline released during the accident, a person will not start to feel pain for a period of time. Delayed accidents happen all the time and symptoms taking time to appear is understandable but that should not stop someone getting checked up after an accident regardless. You never know what kind of injuries you may have missed that can actually get worse when you don’t address them right away. You could have suffered a concussion, a deep tissue injury, or fractured a bone.
Car Accident Delayed Injury Symptoms
After an accident, a person may not experience any symptoms for a bit and then all the sudden will start to feel pain. It is important that you do not ignore these symptoms with the expectation that they will go away on their own. If you experience any of the following symptoms, get examined by a medical professional as soon as possible.
- Mood Swings
- Trouble Concentrating
- Abdominal Swelling or pain
- Back Pain
- Tingling Sensations in the Extremities
- Neck or Shoulder Pain
Consider Eberst Law For Your Car Accident Claim
The best thing you can do when you are severely injured in a car accident is seek a lawyer experienced in car accident injury claims. You technically could pursue a claim on your own but the odds of you successfully navigating the many pitfalls of insurance tricks and legal process is greatly diminished. Insurance companies have everything they need to successfully deny a claim; as that is their goal since profits are their main priority. Insurance companies have the experience, personnel, resources, lawyers, and money to fight a claim to any extent necessary. If it turns into a “who can withstand the storm longer” type of situation, the answer will always be the insurance company when competing against an injured victim on their own.
It doesn’t cost you anything to get an injury attorney to look at your case. Likewise, car accident lawyers don’t cost anything out of your pocket since they work on a contingency fee basis. This means they take a percentage of the settlement once the claim is seen through and don’t get paid at all if the injury victim doesn’t recover financial compensation. You or your loved one are likely significantly injured if you are even considering hiring a car accident attorney in the first place. So you should focus on your recovery while a professional works to maximize your settlement with the insurance companies and courts.
If you have been injured in a car accident in the Stuart, Florida or Gainesville, Florida area, contact the experienced personal injury team at The Eberst Law Firm. We are ready to handle your case. You can contact us online or call us at 772-225-4900.
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