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Importance of Getting Medical Treatment After an Accident
Accidents are an inevitable part of driving a motor vehicle and the more frequently you drive, the more it will increase the likelihood that you are involved in a accident. While you cannot let that fact stop you from driving, you should know that in the event that you are ever in an accident that you should always accept the medical treatment that is offered to you.
Whether you are in a minor fender bender or something much more serious, you never know if an injury is more serious that it appears until you are treated at a hospital. You don’t want to play around when your health and welfare are at stake. It generally only takes a few hours to get properly checked out at a hospital. Below are four good reasons for getting medical treatment after an accident.
Top 4 reasons for seeking medical treatment after an accident
An injury may not seem so obvious
It is always a good idea to seek a medical exam after you were in a motor vehicle accident. While you may think you are fine at the time of the of the accident, there are some injuries that can occur and they may not seem like anything at first, but given some time and that could easily change. Acting like you are fine when you are really not just because you don’t want to go to the hospital can end up hurting you in the long run.
Seeking treatment immediately is important in any liability case
When it comes to seeking medical treatment time truly is of the essences and that is extremely true when it comes to insurance claims. These days insurance companies and their adjusters are always looking for ways for them to pay as little as possible. They have used a number of different tactics to reach their goals of not paying out as much as they truly should on any given claim. By delaying treatment you may inadvertently give them an opening to claim that your injury was not as severe as you claim and therefore you don’t deserve as much in damages that you are asking for.
Need to have a record of your injuries
Personal injury cases require a lot of evidence and you want to be sure that your case is as strong as possible when you are seeking recovery from your injuries from a vehicle accident. Unfortunately, if you end up delaying seeking treatment too long it could end up hurting your chances from getting as much as you deserve. It is important to be able to establish that your injury was the result of the accident and having a medical record of the injury will go a long way in being able to prove it.
You need to mitigate your possible injury damages
While the severity of an injury may not seem to be apparent at first, you could actually make it worse by not seeking immediate treatment. In some states, you are required by law to mitigate the injury damages caused by an accident and if you fail to do this it could hurt your ability to recover everything that you fully deserve. This is why it is very important to at least get checked out by a paramedic after an accident.
If you have been injured in a auto accident and would like to speak with an attorney about your rights, please call us at (562) 418-6880. All consultations are free. The above-mentioned is not to be construed as legal advice.