When you are involved in a car accident, it can be a frightening and confusing experience regardless of the severity of the crash. Due to the shock of the incident, it can be difficult to think clearly, and you might not even know that you need medical attention. Due to adrenaline, you may not feel any sort of pain as a result of the car accident, but just because you do not feel any pain at that moment does not mean that you should forgo medical treatment. Following a car accident, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible and allow the professionals to evaluate the severity of any injuries that you may have suffered as a result of the car crash. The team at McDivitt Law Firm is highly experienced in advocating for clients during these difficult times following a car accident and will be able to assist you with navigating the process that follows being involved in a car crash.
Why seek treatment?
After you have been in an accident you should seek medical attention as soon as possible to determine what your injuries are and begin the documentation process of your injuries for your personal injury case. If you delay in getting treatment, it could potentially affect your case, depending on how the insurance company views it. Insurance companies can get the impression that you were not really hurt much if you did not need to seek immediate medical attention, and as a result, they will try to deny you compensation for your injuries. Additionally, a gap in time between your car accident and when you went to seek medical treatment could allow the insurance company to argue that there was another event that caused the injury and not the accident.
Obtaining medical treatment as soon as possible after a car accident is only the first step you need to take in your post-accident treatment. You will need to continue to attend all scheduled appointments and to obey the doctors’ orders regarding restrictions that your injury may cause you in everyday life. Insurance companies will use any arguments they can to bolster their case against your accident claim. The important thing is to keep up with your treatment, it is paramount to having a successful outcome in your personal injury case after a car accident. The attorneys at McDivitt Law Firm are experienced in assisting clients with tracking medical bills and appointments for their injuries after being in a car accident and will be there to help along the way.
One of the popular arguments that insurance companies have used in the past regarding a patient missing medical appointments after a car accident are as follows: If you are missing medical appointments then you must not have been injured as badly as you have claimed. In addition to the insurance company questioning the circumstances/severity of your injury, missing medical appointments can have a negative effect on a trial if your personal injury attorney is unable to reach a settlement. It can be difficult to explain to a jury why you missed scheduled medical appointments, and this could be a major hurdle to clear if the case ends up proceeding to trial.
Why do some people not seek treatment?
You might be wondering, why would someone decide to not get or continue to attend medical treatment after a car accident? Well, the main reasons why people decide to not get medical treatment after a car accident are primarily motivated by the time commitments and financial costs. Some people will defer medical treatment because they are unable to take the time off work in order to seek out medical treatment because they will not be able to pay the bills if they take any extra time off work. Similarly, some people have obligations at home (for example, cChildren or other family members that require care at home) and they are unable to take the time away from home in order to treat their injuries. Additionally, medical treatment can cost a lot of money sometimes, and not everyone has insurance to cover all the expenses related to medical care. Due to these reasons, some people may decide to forgo medical treatment altogether after a car accident, which can have a significant impact on any potential personal injury claims they may later pursue. In a situation like this is can be a good idea to have an attorney to help advocate for the payment of medical bills and ensure that you are fairly compensated for medical treatment and the need to take time off of work to attend medical appointments.
The team at McDivitt law Firm understands the hardships that come from having to take time off work and the struggle of an unexpected medical expense. The attorneys at McDivitt law Firm will be able to advocate for the payment of medical bills and compensation for time off work due to being involved in a car accident.
What do I do if I am involved in a car accident?
If you are involved in a car accident in Denver, Colorado Springs, Aurora, Pueblo or anywhere in the state, here is a list of things that you should do to ensure that you are protecting yourself during this trying time.
- Call the police and report the car accident.
- Seek medical treatment.
- Continue to attend all medical appointments.
- Continue to abide by all restrictions placed on you by your treating physician.
- Call an experienced attorney in order to explore your rights and how to proceed after the car accident.
The attorneys at McDivitt Law Firm are highly experienced in fighting for our clients after being involved injured in a car accident.