After a car accident, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible, even if you don't think you have an injury. The pain of certain injuries may be delayed and not expressed immediately, but it is essential to document any potential injuries for use in your claim.
This blog will discuss how these delayed injuries can affect your claim and why it is vital to seek medical attention regardless of how you feel immediately following the accident.
How Injuries Can Be Delayed
Many people may not experience symptoms of their injuries until days or weeks after the car accident has occurred. This is because human bodies are very good at temporarily disguising pain to cope with a traumatic event, such as a car accident. Due to this natural response, some victims may not realize they have been injured until long after the incident.
It is important to note that any time lost between the time of the incident and when treatment begins can affect your case, as insurance companies may argue that your injury was caused by another event since there was no medical documentation of the original incident.
The Role of Medical Records
Establishing a record with healthcare professionals after an automobile accident is essential, even if you do not think you have been injured or believe that your injuries are minor enough to ignore them.
A medical record can be used later on, should additional symptoms arise or become more severe over time, allowing you to support your claim with evidence from doctors who treated you shortly after the incident occurred.
Documenting all medical visits related to an automobile accident can also help prove that any treatments received were directly related to the incident in question as opposed to being caused by something else entirely.
Effects on Your Claim
Delayed injuries can significantly affect your injury claim, should new issues arise down the line. If there is no documentation of treatment for those signs and symptoms at or near the time of the accident, then insurance companies may try to argue that those issues were pre-existing conditions or could have been caused by something else entirely unrelated to the incident in question.
Furthermore, delays in seeking treatment can also result in added stress and frustration due to an inability to receive necessary treatments when needed most—particularly if those delays cause existing conditions or symptoms to worsen over time.
Seeking medical attention immediately following an automobile accident can provide vital information regarding any potential injuries sustained during the event—even if those injuries are not expressed right away. This can increase your chances of success for any personal injury claims made down the line due to delayed reactions or further complications arising from untreated issues originally incurred during the incident.
If you have been involved in a car accident, consider seeking medical attention right away, even if you don't think you've been hurt. It could make all the difference when it comes time to make a claim against an insurance company.
How Kolker Law Firm Can Help After a Car Accident
At Kolker Law Firm, we understand how difficult and confusing it can be to make a claim after an automobile accident when you have been injured. Our experienced legal team is here to help guide you through the process of filing a personal injury lawsuit and ensure that you receive the compensation that you are entitled to. We are here to help you every step of the way.
If you have been involved in a car accident, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (314) 684-8285.