Why You Should See a Doctor After an Accident
Motor vehicle accidents are frightening experiences that often leave survivors reeling from shock. Unfortunately, trouble rarely ends there. After being involved in an accident, you will have to take several steps, including exchanging information with the other parties involved, calling law enforcement officers to the scene, and taking care of the damage to your vehicle. With so much on your plate, you might not be aware of the injuries you might have sustained. However, just because you are not in need of emergency medical assistance right after the accident, does not mean you managed to survive the accident unscathed. Even if you are not experiencing immediate symptoms, you might still be injured.
In the aftermath of an accident, one of your top priorities should be to visit the doctor for an examination, if you notice any pain or discomfort. You might think your injuries are minor and might not require medical care, but the only way to know for sure is to have a medical professional examine you. Otherwise, you are taking a big gamble with your health and the future of a possible personal injury claim.
Those who put off a visit to the doctor’s office can run into some serious problems, including:
- Additional harm: If you have an injury and continue to go about your life without medical treatment, this can prolong your recovery, result in permanent damage, or even have fatal consequences. For example, head injuries like hematoma can be deadly if they are not diagnosed and treated immediately.
- Trouble with the insurance company: It is not uncommon for insurance companies to deny covering medical expenses for those who wait too long after being involved in an accident to seek treatment. To avoid paying, the insurance company might argue that the injury and crash are not related and, therefore, not covered by your insurance.
- Lost evidence: If your medical professional thinks they are necessary, having tests like x-rays, CT scans, and MRIs soon after your accident will show exactly what your condition looked like after the accident, providing necessary medical documentation for your claim. This evidence will also be instrumental in determining how much compensation you will need to cover your injuries.
- Reduced settlement: Insurance companies are not remotely interested in helping you. To the contrary, they are trying to pay as little as possible and will look for any flaws in your claim to accomplish this. If you postpone medical treatment, the insurance company might argue that your injuries are not as serious as you say they are.
It can be difficult to think clearly in the aftermath of an accident, but remaining calm and seeking medical treatment is vital to the future of your personal injury claim. The last thing you want is to foot the bill for someone else’s mistakes.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney in Milwaukee Today for the Help You Need!
At Samster Konkel & Safran, S.C. in Milwaukee, we understand the difficulties survivors often face after being involved in a motor vehicle accident. Even if your injuries are minor, they can still negatively impact your life and cause distress for you and your family. Our personal injury attorneys will help you during this difficult time and provide the representation you need to obtain compensation.
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