Why Seeking Medical Attention Is Critical to Your Recovery
Most people assume that any accident-related injuries will be very obvious. Unfortunately, some injuries may not be immediately apparent. Car accidents generally involve a sudden, unexpected impact. A person’s body rarely has time to prepare for the collision and may remain in shock for days. To protect your right to recovery, you should be seen by a doctor when you are involved in an auto accident.
At Mayday Law Office, we offer dedicated legal representation to car accident victims throughout the Houston area. Our knowledgeable attorneys will help you get the largest recovery possible for your injuries. If you were injured in an auto accident, contact our office at (281) 741-1162 for a free consultation.
You should always seek medical attention after an accident because:
1. Not All Injuries Are Obvious.
After a car accident, you may think that you are not severely injured, but you cannot know for sure until you have seen a doctor. While some injuries are obvious, like lacerations and broken bones, other injuries may progress or worsen over time.
Injuries that may not be obvious after a car accident:
- Soft tissue injuries
- Neck and back pain
- Nerve damage
- Internal bleeding
In order to protect itself after a crash, your body may go into shock, unable to discern the true extent of accident-related injuries. Failure to identify and treat these injuries may exacerbate them. It can make it longer for you to physically recover and may directly affect your ability to receive compensation for them.
2. You May Recover Faster.
Seeing a doctor immediately after an accident can help ensure that all of your injuries are treated in a timely manner. The sooner you begin treatment on an injury, the faster you will likely recover.
Signs that you may have a late-appearing injury:
- Numbness or tingling
- Dull, achy muscles
- Lethargy or fatigue
- Stiffness or weakness
- Chronic headaches
- Difficulty moving
- Blurred vision
- Shooting pain
Delaying treatment can make injuries worse and lead to dangerous complications. Even if you think you are fine, you should still seek medical attention and continue treatment to lessen the likelihood of long-term health problems.
3. It May Help Your Claim.
Seeking medical attention immediately after your accident may help your chance of receiving the compensation you deserve. Delaying treatment or having gaps in medical care may weaken your case. The negligent party’s insurance company may use the delay in treatment to downplay your injuries or even deny your claim.
By going to the doctor, you establish a record of treatment. Your medical bills can be used to prove your damages and prevent an insurance company or negligent party from attempting to diminish your claim.
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