Why Should I Seek Immediate Medical Care After a Car Accident?February 28, 2020
Car accidents can cause a range of injuries, from minor cuts and scrapes to broken bones, internal bleeding, and traumatic brain injuries. In some cases, the symptoms may not be obvious right away, particularly immediately following the accident when adrenaline is running through your veins, masking the pain and discomfort. You may be tempted to delay getting medical treatment if your injuries do not seem life threatening. However, failing to get treatment can cause a minor injury to worsen, or a potentially serious undetected injury to go untreated. The best time to seek medical treatment is immediately following the car accident.
Reasons Why You Should Seek Immediate Treatment
If you were injured in a car accident, there are several reasons why you should seek medical attention as soon as possible after the accident, including the following:
- The injuries are detected and treated. Whether the injuries are visible and obvious, or those that cannot be seen, such as head injuries, getting immediate medical attention ensures that the victim receives the medical care necessary to treat the injury and prevent it from getting worse. It also helps prevent costly treatments down the road, or an inability to work because the injury was not properly treated.
- Medical reports provide a paper trail of evidence for compensation. After the accident, the next step is to file an accident claim. The more evidence that is available, the more likely it is that the claim will be approved, and the maximum financial compensation will be provided. If the doctor confirms that the injuries were caused by the accident, this will likely have a very positive impact on the claim.
- Obtaining a medical report can speed up the process of obtaining compensation. It is imperative that all the necessary documents and medical reports are submitted to the insurance company in a timely matter. If the documents are not submitted within a reasonable timeframe, the insurance company may delay compensation or deny the claim altogether. In some cases, the insurance company may hesitate processing the funds, even if all of the documents were submitted shortly after the accident. If this happens, an experienced car accident lawyer can negotiate with the insurance company and advocate for the claimant.
It is important to understand that even minor car accidents can cause injuries that can become more serious if they are not addressed. For example, whiplash is a common injury caused by rear-end collisions. If left untreated, it can lead to chronic pain, soreness, and reduced range of motion. However, if treated immediately, it is unlikely that it will result in any lasting pain or discomfort.
Baltimore Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Assist Clients with the Claims Process
If you were injured in a car accident, it is imperative that you seek medical attention as soon as possible. The Baltimore accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton will walk you through every step of the claims process and ensure that you have the documents necessary to obtain the maximum financial compensation you deserve. We will continue to fight for you until you are completely satisfied. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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