If you’ve been injured in an accident, it’s important to seek medical care as soon as possible. There are two primary reasons why this is so, and in our blog post today, we’ll discuss each. Please note, this post is intended to be general information only. We recommend that you call us if you have questions about an accident you were in. (There’s no charge to speak to one of our attorneys just to see if we can help.)
Seeking Medical Care Helps You Recover
Immediately after a car accident or traumatic event, you may not realize the extent of your injuries. This is largely due to the adrenaline and other hormones coursing through your body that can mask pain. It’s not uncommon for a victim to leave the scene of an accident thinking they’re OK, only to feel differently hours later.
Some of us have been conditioned to “tough it out” or downplay pain for various reasons. Can we caution you against this? It’s essential to get to a hospital, urgent care, or your doctor to be evaluated. Quite possibly, you have injuries you don’t know the extent of. And sometimes, there’s a very narrow window for treating certain injuries. Failure to get seen quickly could greatly extend your recovery time.
Seeking Medical Care Helps Establish Your Injury Case
From a legal standpoint, getting seen by a doctor or treated at an ER immediately after your injury helps establish your claim.
Consider the following:
- Doctor reports and medical bills provide objective, third-party evidence
- Medical bills confirm that there are compensable damages
- Medical treatment and reports can help prove that your injuries were caused by the accident, and not some other reason
If you need one more reason, here’s one. Failure to get seen by a doctor can result in your claim getting dismissed. The insurance company may not offer a settlement if they don’t feel you were hurt enough to seek treatment.
How an Injury Lawyer Can Help
If you need help navigating the claims process after your accident, you can call our Tacoma injury attorneys.
We can also help you connect with medical care and resources you may not realize are available if you’re worried about costs. Call us today to learn more.