In many personal injury cases, the need for medical assistance after a car accident, slip and fall, or dog bite injury is clear. The injured person may have a broken bone, fracture or require stitches and the need for immediate medical assistance is obvious. In other cases, the accident victim may be unsure whether they need to see a doctor and spend the time and incur the associated costs.
It is important for both your health and any potential personal injury case to seek medical treatment as soon as possible after the event that caused your injury. First, some injuries may seem minor at first but worsen later. After an accident, victims often have a rush of adrenaline that shields pain symptoms. After the adrenaline wears off, victims may realize their injuries are more severe than they originally thought. This is often the case with back and neck injuries, concussions, and muscle sprains and strains. Many of these types of injuries will worsen if left untreated.
Even if you don't believe your injuries require a trip to the emergency room, it is still a good idea to get checked out by your primary care physician or an urgent care facility as soon as possible after the injury occurs. Visiting these facilities are usually more cost effective than a trip to the emergency room.
As it pertains to a potential personal injury case, immediate medical treatment is crucial to any subsequent financial recovery. The insurance company for the person or entity that caused your injury will want to see your medical records to prove that their insured was at fault. A delay in seeking treatment opens the door for the insurance company to argue that someone or something else is the cause of your injury. This can make it much more difficult to obtain a recovery that truly and reasonably compensates you for your injuries.
If you have suffered an injury as a result of a car accident, slip and fall, dog bite or other accident, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as reasonably possible. If your injuries were caused by someone’s negligence, contact a personal injury lawyer who can assist you in evaluating your claim for damages.