Why It’s Important to Seek Medical Treatment After an Accident
It’s natural to feel overwhelmed when you are injured in an accident. However, it’s critical to seek emergency medical treatment after an accident. Even if you’re only experiencing mild pain, you may have suffered injuries that are far more serious than you think. That’s why it is essential to always seek medical treatment from the emergency room or an urgent care center as soon as possible in the aftermath of an auto collision or other serious accident.
Once your healthcare provider stabilizes your injuries, you should make an appointment to discuss your case with an experienced lawyer. At Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC, our skilled Atlanta personal injury lawyers can provide more information about your options and how you may recover compensation, so please call (404) 419-6674 or submit the details through our online form to schedule free, initial consultation.
Delays Could Jeopardize Your Health
Minor wounds, including cuts, scrapes, and bruises, will heal on their own and over time. However, more severe injuries – including fractures, burns, and neck injuries – require medical treatment immediately following an accident. If you delay seeking medical treatment, you might suffer the following consequences:
- A longer recovery period
- Aggravation of the injury
- A higher chance of re-injury, because you’re not properly restricting your daily activities and work load
- Delays in getting referrals to medical specialists that can help the healing process
After getting into an accident, you need to see your doctor as quickly as possible. When you visit your physician, make sure to tell them about all injuries – even minor ones – to ensure that no stone goes unturned when you seek to fight for compensation.
Postponing Medical Attention Gives Insurers Reason to Deny Your Claim
Whether you were injured in a car accident, a slip and fall incident, or as the result of medical malpractice, you might be able to recover compensation for your injuries from the at-fault party’s insurance carrier. Insurers only seek to protect their own bottom line – they never have your best interests in mind. Adjusters always look out for reasons to reject your claim or offer a low settlement amount.
The adjuster might assert that your injuries couldn’t have been serious; otherwise, you would have sought immediate attention. Your claim will be much stronger if you visit a healthcare provider as soon as possible, or at most within 72 hours.
Delays Make It Difficult to Link Your Injuries to the Accident
If you wait to seek medical treatment after an accident, the insurance adjuster will likely challenge whether your injuries were caused by something other than the accident. The insurer might attempt to place blame on a subsequent work-related incident, your physical activities, or other intervening events that occurred after the incident. Don’t delay your medical treatment and give the insurance company this opportunity.
Consult with an Experienced Accident Lawyer Right Away
After an accident, your first step should be to seek emergency medical treatment. Your second step should be to retain a skilled attorney. You will face numerous challenges when you file a claim with an insurance company. The process is even more difficult if the insurance company forces you to file a lawsuit. If you were hurt in any type of serious accident and need legal assistance, reach out to us at Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC in Atlanta, GA. We can schedule a free, confidential consultation to discuss your circumstances. We also handle personal injury cases on a contingency basis, which means that there will be no up-front costs and we only receive payment when we win your case.