After you have been involved in a car accident, it is vital to seek medical attention. There are lots of reasons in support of this statement, and all of them will help your claim when you decide to make one. Medical intervention is one of the most direct methods for proving the extent and validity of your injuries, and these will be essential facts to prove as things proceed forward. With that in mind, here are all the consequences you need to know about not seeking medical attention after a car accident.
Why Is It Important to Seek Medical Attention After a Car Accident?
What makes it so important, in the end, to go and see a doctor after you are in a car accident? The truth is, at the heart of it all, it is concrete evidence that what you are claiming is undeniably true. Any professional attorney or even a claims adjuster will want to see that you attended the hospital and what the consequences of this were. It’s your job to show them so your claim is not thrown out prematurely.
To Prove You Were Injured
Attending hospital or making an appointment with your healthcare professional shows that you were actually concerned enough at the time of the accident to seek support for your injuries. These injuries will be assessed, and the extent of the damages will be confirmed by an expert with experience in this type of thing. This is important because it proves that what you’re claiming is valid and that there is medical backup to support the story. Your attorney will be best suited to advise what is best when it comes to which evidence to provide and what not to say, and that is why it’s crucial to secure legal representation for the process.
To Enable a Compensation Evaluation
An important part of compensation is the evaluation stage. This is where an adjuster will look at all the facts and decide on a settlement offer in line with what pain and suffering the victim has endured. With tangible backup to what you’re claiming, they will be able to make a more informed decision and use their expertise combined with medical documentation to give a clearer answer on what is owed to you.
What Happens If You Don’t?
It is also important to consider what happens if you neglect to go to the hospital or similar after a car accident. People are often negotiated out of real compensation figures because they failed to seek medical care, or decided their injuries were not bad enough to merit it at the time owing to shock or otherwise.
It Could Negate Your Claim
Ultimately, if you don’t represent your injuries and pain to your doctor, it may negate your claim. This is fair enough, because how can you prove that the accident has impacted your physical capacity if you didn’t get professional care after the fact? The last thing you need is a claim being thrown out for lack of medical evidence, but it does happen more often than you’d think.
It May Slow Down the Recovery
There are lots of injuries that could happen because of a car accident. Anything from brain injuries to broken bones is a real possibility, and these can all manifest in different ways over the course of time. For some people, recovery may be a short period of time, and for others, it could take years or never even come. Not getting a doctor on board will absolutely slow your recovery, and this will be called into question at some point during proceedings.
Someone Could Use It Against You
Finally, it is worth noting that someone (aka the opposing party) may use this fact against you when it comes to navigating the claims process. If they can show that you didn’t get attention for your injuries, they can successfully state that there is no reason to pay for the damages caused. This will put you at a disadvantage because it makes sense on paper and therefore will be valid in the eyes of the law. So, it doesn’t matter whether you were an innocent bystander by the side of the road or sitting behind the wheel of a truck, not going to hospital will be used against you.
Car accident claims are a complex process with many parts playing a relevant role. Before a decision can be made, you will have to provide enough evidence to keep the claim open and valid and a big part of this is confirming that you sought medical intervention for your injuries! Contact Payam Law, CA to provide the best advice.
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