Seeking Medical Help After an Accident

Personal Injury Lawyer

Although no two personal injury accidents are exactly the same, one of the most important things you can do after any type of accident is to seek medical attention from a licensed doctor as soon as possible. Particularly in cases where you believe someone else was responsible for your injuries, getting medical help could make the difference between you getting compensation for your injuries or not. As a lawyer, like a personal injury lawyer, could attest, seeking help from a doctor can help gather important evidence for your personal injury claim and it can also help make sure you are getting the treatment you need so that your injuries do not progress. 

Do I need medical treatment to win a personal injury claim? 

While you may have a shot at winning a personal injury claim if you do not see a doctor, why risk your claim and your health? The other party’s insurance company will do everything they can to make sure you get the lowest settlement possible or to deny your claim altogether. If you present your claim without a medical professional providing solid evidence, you may be looking at no compensation for your injuries and your treatment. Without a medical evaluation, the insurance agent could accuse you of not having serious injuries or stating that you are were never injured from this accident in the first place. Prompt medical attention can show:

  • Precisely what caused your injuries
  • When your injuries occurred
  • How severe your injuries are
  • Whether you will need hospitalization or surgery
  • Whether you will need prolonged therapy or rehabilitation

Is medical attention ever required? 

Some states that go by the “no-fault” car insurance rules may require you to seek medical attention before they will pay out any type of settlement or compensation. If you live in one of these states, it is important to understand how long you have to get medical attention after an accident. 

What if an insurance company is already calling me with an offer? 

You may have not gone to see a doctor yet and the insurance company is already calling you to offer you a settlement. This can make it seem like you have hit the jackpot. However, insurance agents are trained to know what to offer at the lowest possible amount. Do not take the first settlement they offer. Instead, seek help from a local attorney so that you know what a fair offer is and get medical attention for your injuries.