Why You Should Seek Medical Care After a Car Accident
No one wants to be involved in a car accident, but unfortunately, almost 400,000 people find themselves in this situation every single year here in the Sunshine State. Many of these people have to deal with injuries as the result of an accident. Some people quickly realize they are injured, typically because they are injured in ways that present with clear symptoms such as broken bones or lacerations. Other injuries don’t immediately demonstrate any signs of injury. However, and regardless, it is important to consider your health and obtain a medical evaluation even if you seem to walk away from a traffic collision without a scratch.
Below are some examples of why you should always seek medical care as soon as possible after a crash.
Your Injuries Can Worsen with Time
You may in fact risk your health in the long-term if you choose to go on about your business instead of visiting the local hospital emergency department or your primary care physician after an accident. Accident victims often report the onset of headaches and neck pain days after an accident. While this may seem minor, what initially manifest in pain can be hiding a much more serious injury. And a brain injury, for example, that goes undetected for too long can cause swelling and pressure that results in much more extensive damage and can even lead to a permanent disability.
Doing So Can Help With Your Recovery
Even if you aren’t immediately thinking about your potential personal injury claim, you may later find yourself wondering how to deal with unanticipated circumstances such as lost wages, medical bills, and other expenses. You have every right to pursue the recovery you are entitled to that can help support you and your family. This is money that you are entitled to, and you’re otherwise essentially leaving it on the table for the insurance company to keep. You may even have legal rights if you are involved in an accident alone.
However, and importantly, insurers may look more critically at delayed symptoms and diagnoses made days or weeks after an initial crash. Therefore, waiting several days or weeks after the accident to seek medical attention can make it be much harder to prove that your injuries were the result of the car crash. Getting medical attention quickly isn’t just the best thing for your health – it also strengthens your personal injury claim.
In Addition to Pursuing Medical Help, Pursue Legal Help.
You may think you were uninjured after an accident, and this can mean you miss crucial symptoms that may, in fact, be related to your accident. However, and especially if you experienced delayed post-car crash symptoms, you will likely want to see an attorney as well as a doctor. An attorney can negotiate with insurers and strengthen your claim, so you are not unfairly penalized because your symptoms took longer to appear. And regardless of when you seek medical attention, you should reach out to an experienced legal team that can evaluate the circumstances of your injuries and help you understand your rights and your legal options. As the West Palm Beach personal injury attorneys at the Pendas Law Firm, we are team you want on your side. Reach out today to begin.
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