After suffering serious injuries in a car accident, you’ll need to seek medical attention immediately. You must prioritize your health and well-being, and there could be consequences if you delay treatment. Furthermore, you might not know that seeking medical advice can actually help your car accident claim.
Not only do you have an obligation to protect your health, but you also need to recover maximum compensation for your injuries. Here are four reasons why our car accident lawyers encourage you to receive medical treatment can improve your claim:
Reason #1 – Protecting Your Claim
Seeking medical attention is one of the best decisions you can make to protect your claim. It’s what links your physical trauma and injuries to the car accident. Many insurance adjusters will argue that the accident didn’t cause your injuries. However, establishing the connection early on will do wonders in legitimizing your claim.
Reason #2 – Medical Records Serve as Evidence
Keeping a record of the medical treatment after the accident will also improve your case. You’re establishing a timeline for your recovery and providing context for all the suffering the accident has caused. Your medical records will convey the following information:
- The nature of your condition
- The extent of your injuries
- The duration of your physical recovery
- The connection between your injuries and the accident
- The medical bills you incurred from treating your injuries
- Updates on potential treatment in the future
- Documentation of your pain and suffering
Make sure you’re keeping track of all your medical documents. This includes a catalog of doctor’s appointments, medical bills, and other records relevant to your claim.
Reason #3 – Detecting Symptoms and Diagnosing Injuries Immediately
When it comes to car accidents, people often experience a surge of adrenaline. This can temporarily mask the pain and other symptoms, leading people to believe they didn’t suffer any injuries. However, the pain will suddenly manifest itself a few days later due to a delayed effect.
You never want to avoid seeking treatment because undiagnosed injuries can quickly worsen. Some examples include concussions, internal damage, or soft tissue injuries, all of which require immediate attention. Mitigating some of those harmful symptoms not only benefits your health, but medical intervention also shows that your injuries from the accident were serious.
Reason #4 – Not Seeking Treatment Never Helps Your Claim
You’re simply better off when you act quickly and visit a doctor immediately after the accident occurs. Insurance adjusters will work against you and search for anything that invalidates your claim. Without seeking medical attention right away, insurance companies will offer settlements that come up short of what you deserve.
Ultimately, your medical damages paint a picture of the suffering you’ve experienced after the accident. You never want to allow the insurance adjusters to question your credibility. You should always seek treatment immediately, no matter the severity of your injuries.
Contact a Lawyer Before Filing a Claim
Are you a resident of San Diego and seeking compensation for injuries caused by a serious car accident? Contact our offices at HHJ Trial Attorneys to learn more about how we can help improve your claim. We’ll handle all communication with the insurance company while negotiating a settlement on your behalf.
Testimonial from Michaela, Injured Car Accident Victim
This whole firm is full of extremely educated, professional, reliable, and caring people. In December of 2020 I was rear ended by someone going about 40-45 mph resulting in injuries to my neck, lower back, and left knee. Upon researching injury lawyers, I found HHJ to be a great option and I’m glad I went with them. From the beginning, Adam and all of his colleagues were extremely helpful, transparent, and a huge relief during an otherwise stressful time in my life. Adam assured me that I was in good hands, and they would do everything they could for me; they were extremely persistent in making sure my case was resolved fairly for the injuries I endured. Not only is HHJ all the wonderful things listed above, but they also settled my case within a year resolving the remaining stress around this whole situation. I would recommend them over and over again.