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The Importance of Seeking Medical Attention After a Car Accident

If you have ever done any research about what to do immediately after getting into a car accident, you will almost certainly read that the first step is to seek out medical attention. Many people mistakenly think that this advice is there just to ensure that people who are injured make it a priority to get treatment. The fact is, however, that seeking medical attention is not only necessary for your own health and well-being, but it is also an important step needed for protecting your legal rights. Understanding the legal implications of failing to seek medication attention right away after a car accident can cause lots of problems down the road.

Getting Your Insurance Claim Filed in a Timely Manner

You will almost always have to file some type of insurance claim after a car accident. When filing the claim, your insurance company will not only need to know about the damage to the vehicle, but also about any injuries that you incurred. If you have not yet gotten medical attention, it may be difficult to list what injuries you have suffered. This could result in a delay in processing your claim. If you tell them that you did not have any injuries that you are aware of, it may be difficult to have them covered should they be later discovered.

Injuries Often Aren’t Immediately Apparent

Some of the most common injuries from car accidents are not immediately apparent, which can lead you to skip getting checked out by a doctor. Whip lash, for example, can cause you serious back and neck pain, but it might not present itself for days or even weeks after the accident. Seeing your doctor will not only help you to identify some hidden injuries, it can also help you to learn about what type of symptoms to watch out for so you can come in for a follow-up right away.

Failure to Treat Injuries Can Impact Future Claims

If you don’t get checked out by a medical professional after an accident, it can actually make things more complicated should you be injured again in the future. For example, if you get hurt in a slip and fall accident six months after a car accident and you try to sue the company that was negligent, their attorney might try to say that the injuries were originally caused by the car accident. This can make your claim much more difficult to prove. Simply going to the doctor and getting a clean bill of health after the car accident can help to avoid that type of problem.

Get Medical Attention and Good Legal Representation

Whether your accident was just a minor fender bender or something more serious, you need to contact your doctor and an attorney right away. The doctor can help you to make sure that your injuries are properly treated, and the attorney can help you with your insurance claim and to protect your legal rights. Contact the Law Offices of S. Dylan Pearcy PLLC to schedule a consultation and discuss your legal options today.

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The Law Offices of S. Dylan Pearcy, PLLC is focused solely on the needs of our clients. We provide professional and effective representation in the areas of personal injury and family law, in addition to our work with Wills and estates.

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