Why You Shouldn’t Hesitate to Obtain Medical Treatment After a Car Accident
Unfortunately, car accidents are responsible for thousands of injuries every year in the United States. However, following an accident, you may hesitate to seek medical help because of other factors. Between assuming injuries are minor and being caught up in a busy schedule like we all are, it is understandable how obtaining medical help could get pushed to the back burner. However, failing to obtain medical help in a timely fashion can actually have a much higher cost later on. While pushing things aside and moving on can be tempting, you should not hesitate to obtain medical treatment after an accident and should instead visit a treatment provider as soon as possible. Below are some of the many reasons why.
- It’s difficult to assess the severity of your injuries on your own. Between the adrenaline and stress of the accident that may numb pain and other latent symptoms of a deeper injury, accident victims sometimes assume that because they feel “fine” after an accident, they are. However, most of us don’t have the medical training to know this for certain and instead, we should leave that determination to an experienced medical professional who can assess the extent of any injuries and find any underlying conditions that may have worsened had they not been found.
- Obtaining medical help doesn’t have to be at an emergency room. Some people find the idea of obtaining help from first responders or visiting an emergency room intimidating and hesitate to pursue treatment for that reason. We have all heard stories of spending hours and hours waiting in the ER just to be seen by someone and that’s something no one wants to deal with, especially after an accident. But in actuality, obtaining medical care can also be done by visiting an urgent care center or even making an appointment with your own general practitioner as long as he or she has availability in the near future.
- Delaying medical treatment delays your personal injury claim. Many people choose to pursue a personal injury claim after being injured because of someone else’s negligence. This is for good reason, as in addition to holding those who acted negligently responsible for their actions, it also enables an injured party to recover deserved compensation. This can help offset unexpected costs associated with medical bills, prescription medicines, lost wages and other expenses associated with the injury. However, you only have four years to pursue a claim under Florida law, and the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you can show your injuries are related to the accident.
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Adverse parties and their insurance companies will fight to ensure that their clients avoid liability for their mistakes even when your medical treatment and the post-accident state of your health clearly supports your assertions. Therefore, if you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident that was not your fault, it is imperative that you obtain legal help as soon as possible. As the Miami car accident attorneys at Payer & Associates, we offer the experience and assistance you need to obtain justice and compensation for your injuries. We can help you maximize your rights so that you can recover the compensation you deserve. Begin by contacting us today.