Does it Hurt My Case If I Delay Seeing the Doctor After a Car Accident?
Written by Greg on January 10, 2020
A car accident can happen in an instant. One minute you are driving along with no problem, and the next minute you are sitting in a smashed-up car, waiting for the police. Accidents can happen when you least expect them, and when they do, it is essential to know what to do. All too often, victims of car accident injuries do not get medical care quickly and that can lead to problems for collecting your medical expenses. The negligent party should be responsible for damages that result from the crash, but you need to prove your injuries.
Visit the Doctor Immediately Following the Accident
Some injuries are more serious than others, so you may not feel compelled to go to the hospital at the time of your accident. There are several reasons you should visit the doctor immediately after the crash, however. The longer you wait to seek medical care, the more difficult it will become to prove that your injuries are serious and that they occurred due to the accident. If you wait to see the doctor, the insurance company may try to show you were not hurt in the crash. If you do not see a doctor right away, you may end up with compensation less than you deserve.
Gather Medical Documentation
Once you visit the doctor, you need to maintain copies of all visits and invoices. This documentation will be necessary to prove that your injuries resulted from the accident and that your injuries are serious. When you visit the physician, inform them of how you got hurt so they note it on your medical report. Do not seek treatment for any other issues so they do not confuse the situation. Also, tell the doctor if you had previous injuries. The accident could cause you to reinjure previous damage. Follow the doctor’s orders. If the doctor tells you to return for evaluation later, follow through.
What if I Waited to Visit the Doctor?
Often, victims of car accidents do not visit the doctor immediately. You may not have felt as though your injuries were major, or you might not have noticed the injury right away. While you should case to visit the doctor quickly, do not worry if you waited to see a physician. Always tend to your health first and foremost, regardless of the impact on a potential case.
You should be aware that a significant delay in seeking treatment or follow-up can impact your case. Waiting too long before seeking initial treatment for a specific injury can make tying the injury to the crash difficult. If one waits months before talking with a doctor about a condition, it makes it very hard for any physician to testify the crash caused the injury. The injured person bears the burden to prove the claim and causation on damages.
An experienced accident attorney will assist you with your claim and work to get you the money you deserve for your injuries. You may have compensation for medical care, medication, and rehabilitative therapy, future medical care, lost wages, money for pain and suffering, and more. Talk to a skilled attorney to guide you through the process.
Call the Houston Injury Lawyer
At Baumgartner Law Firm, we handle all the legal issues so you can focus on your recovery. We will work to get you the money you need to pay for your medical care and for the money you lost when you were out of work due to the accident. Contact Baumgartner Law Firm today and we will offer you a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
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