Many people who are injured in car, truck, motorcycle accidents or other similar accidents have a “wait and see” attitude when it comes to seeing the doctor. They may be sore or have minor aches and pains but decide to wait and see if it gets worse before visiting the doctor. The fact of the matter is that this can have huge repercussions you may not have considered.
If you have been involved in an accident and have sustained any injury at all – even a seemingly minor injury – then we urge you to visit a doctor. We also suggest that you contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
You could face further injury
Most victims at an accident scene will have adrenaline pumping through their veins, which can mask any pain they feel. As time goes on and the adrenaline wears off, they can begin to experience much more severe pain. In other cases, such as with neck or brain injuries, the initial symptoms may be minor even when the injury is life threatening. A doctor can assess you after an accident to assure you do not have hidden injuries such as hematomas or hemorrhages.
You could face future denials by an insurance company
If your injury is covered by a person’s vehicle insurance or homeowner’s insurance, and you wait to seek medical attention, then their insurance company may have the right to refuse to cover your medical bills. In some cases, the time limit is 72 hours for a person to see a doctor after an injury is sustained. If you go to a doctor after this time limit is up, then the insurance company may argue that the injuries were pre-existing or that they happened after the accident.
You could lose evidence
When you visit a medical professional right after an accident, it is likely that you will undergo several tests. These can be essential to proving your claim as they will show your condition immediately after an accident. Having the documentation from these tests can be the difference between receiving the compensation you deserve and having your claim denied altogether.
Your settlement may be reduced
An insurance company is likely to look for ways to reduce your settlement amount as much as possible. One way they may do this is to show that your pain and suffering is not as serious as you say it is. If you wait a few days to go to the doctor after your accident, then they may use this as proof that they injury was not as serious or painful as you say it was.
At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker we understand that there are many reasons a person may choose not to visit the doctor after an accident. We may be able to help you get the medical care you need. Contact our offices at 800-333-0000 now for a free case consultation.