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Why You Should See a Doctor Right After an Accident

| Feb 8, 2018 | Personal Injury

Motor vehicle accidents happen all the time. You might have been stuck in traffic more than a few times and witnessed a bad car wreck on the freeway, or you might have been involved in an accident yourself. Regardless of how minor or severe an accident is, the aftermath is often difficult for survivors to cope with. However, it is crucial that you take the time to see a doctor as soon as possible, even if you think you are fine. Symptoms often take time to appear, so to safeguard your health and your chances of obtaining compensation if you decide to pursue a personal injury claim, make sure seeking medical treatment is among your top priorities.

Here are some reasons why you should see a doctor after having been involved in an accident:

  • You might be injured without knowing it: The fact is that, even if you are injured, the symptoms and ill effects of that injury might not present itself immediately. This is especially true when it comes to injuries like whiplash or closed head injuries. The pain might appear days, weeks, or even months after the car wreck and, if you failed to seek treatment, this can not only negatively impact your health, but harm your chances of obtaining crucial compensation. Err on the side of caution and make sure you pay a visit to your doctor as soon as possible after an accident.
  • Not seeking medical attention after a car wreck could harm your chances of recovery: If you sustain injuries in a car wreck and neglect to see a doctor, an insurance company will likely take this as a sign that you were not really injured in the accident and will try to argue that you sustained your
    injuries another way. The insurance company might also argue that you are exaggerating your injuries since you did not feel hurt enough to go to the doctor afterward.
  • It is important for your personal injury case: After an accident, the at-fault driver’s insurance company might contact you to ask to sign a release of all claims. Without knowing if you are injured, or the extent of your injuries, you cannot agree to any offer that is made without running the risk of agreeing to something that does not begin to address the problems associated with the accident and your injuries. A doctor will be able to tell you if you are injured, what those injuries are, your expected recovery time, and what type of treatments, medications, or operations you might need. Agreeing to anything before you know the answers to any of these questions can result in you bearing the burden of these expenses on your own.

Your health and future should be something you treat with priority, so do what is right for your wellbeing and visit a doctor as soon as possible. Not all injuries always appear to be serious, but that does not mean you are okay, or unharmed. Injuries like traumatic brain injuries are common in car accidents and can lead to terrible health issues if they are not immediately addressed. Do not wait for symptoms to arise because, once they do, you might be facing permanent damage and will not be able to receive the full compensation that you rightfully deserve. You should not have to pay for someone else’s mistakes. Visit a health care professional and contact an experienced personal injury attorney today to get the justice you deserve.

Personal Injury Attorneys in Oneonta Fighting for Victims’ Rights

If you were injured in an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, you might have a viable personal injury case for which you can receive the compensation you need and deserve. At Scarzafava & Basdekis, our skilled personal injury attorneys in Oneonta will guide you through this complex and challenging time. You do not have to do this alone. Trust a team that is backed by decades of collective legal experience to recover damages for money spent on hospital bills, lost
wages, and property repairs.

Contact our office today for the representation you need and call (607) 228-8404 to schedule a free consultation with a knowledgeable member of our legal team.