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Importance of Seeking Medical Treatment After a Car Accident

By Connecticut Personal Injury Attorney on April 10, 2017

Should I Go to the Doctor After a Car Accident If I Don’t Feel Injured?

One of the biggest mistakes people make after they’ve been involved in a car accident is not getting checked out by a doctor. When severe injuries occur, there’s generally no question that receiving medical treatment is a must. However, if there aren’t immediate signs of an injury, people tend to believe that nothing is wrong. It’s this misconception that puts many people’s lives at risk and ends up negatively affecting their personal injury claims.

If you or a loved one has been in a traffic collision, it’s always in your best interest to seek medical attention as soon as possible whether or not you look or feel injured. This will provide you with both the health care you need, and the medical records to prove your personal injury case down the line.

Injuries Are Not Always Visible Right Away

In the aftermath of a car accident, adrenaline starts pumping through the body and shock sets in, which commonly keeps people from feeling their injuries at first. In some cases, injuries are not visible, but are present inside where they can’t be detected by the naked eye. In addition, there is always the chance that injuries could develop a few days after the incident and start exhibiting symptoms.

Soft tissue injuries are frequently difficult to identify right away after the force of an impact. This includes any damage done to muscles, tendons, or ligaments. Herniated discs, fractures, traumatic brain injuries, and organ damage are also not usually readily apparent. A CT scan or MRI is required to diagnose these types of injuries.

Why It Can Hurt Your Claim to Wait for Treatment

Waiting to see a healthcare provider for your injuries not only puts your well-being at risk, but it can also put your personal injury claim in jeopardy. Insurance companies may try to refuse compensation for medical expenses when they see there has been a delay in treatment. If you wait too long to see a doctor, it might be more challenging to prove your injuries were a direct result of the accident, or that they’re as serious as you’re now claiming.

It’s also important to understand that insurance companies will oftentimes try to offer a settlement for injuries not long after the collision. You never want to accept an offer or sign off on a release without consulting your personal injury attorney, as this amount may be nowhere near what you need to cover your bills or what you deserve for the extent of your injuries.

Get Help From a Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyer

Once you’ve received medical attention for your injuries, the skilled Connecticut car accident lawyers at Naizby Law can help make sure your claim is handled correctly and work to get you the restitution you’re entitled to. Contact them at (203) 245-8500 to schedule a consultation.

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