After being involved in an accident, you will undoubtedly feel overwhelmed. There are many steps to take in the immediate aftermath and, amidst the chaos, you may not want to prioritize medical assistance if you believe your injuries are not serious. However, this is a big mistake. Even if you do not appear to be seriously injured after an accident, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.
The Importance of Medical Care After an Accident
Seeking medical attention after an accident is important for two reasons – it can protect your health and it can protect your personal injury claim. Not all injuries immediately present symptoms, especially with all the adrenaline and endorphins flowing through your body due to the trauma and high-stress nature of the situation. As a result, it could take several hours or even days before symptoms of your injuries become apparent. Unfortunately, seemingly minor injuries can develop into more serious ones if they are not treated in a timely manner.
Failing to seek medical treatment as soon as possible can also impact your claim. The insurance company will see this gap in treatment and argue that the injuries you have are unrelated to the accident. Seeking medical treatment will result in the documentation of your injuries, which is why it is crucial to get this started after the accident. You do not want to risk the insurance company claiming that something else caused your injuries.
After seeking medical treatment, you must follow all of your doctor’s recommendations, including physical therapy, filling any necessary prescriptions, taking time off from school or work, and attending scheduled follow-up appointments. If you do not follow your treatment plan, this can also harm your settlement, so be sure to follow your doctor’s recommendations.
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