If you get into a car accident, you might want nothing more than to go home and return to some semblance of normalcy. While this is an understandable response, you will also need to speak with the police and file an insurance claim. In the midst of these actions, you should first be examined by a medical professional, even if immediate treatment might not seem necessary. Here are a few reasons to seek medical care immediately after an accident.
Why You Shouldn’t Wait to See a Doctor After an Auto Accident
1) Get Needed Care
Even if you feel perfectly fine at the scene of the accident, not all injuries appear right away. Symptoms from soft tissue injuries, such as whiplash, mild concussions, severe trauma, and spinal cord damage, might not appear for days or weeks after a car accident. When you receive immediate care after a crash, medical personnel can recognize the early signs of injury and start you on a treatment plan, helping you both now and in the future.
2) Pursue Compensation
When a person is injured because of another party's negligence or recklessness, the injured person has the right to file a legal claim against that party. There are many aspects of an injury for which you can be compensated, and receiving immediate medical care will ensure you pursue an amount that encompasses all your accident-related costs. A personal injury attorney will help calculate the value of your claim, but you first need to know the costs of past, present, and future medical care related to the injuries.
3) Build a Strong Case
When you file a legal claim for damages, you need to establish a case of solid evidence that supports the claim. Health care personnel will take notes and keep records of the care they provide, and this information can inform your case and establish the severity of the accident and its impact on your life. It also ties your injuries directly to the accident, which prevents the other party or insurers from arguing that the injuries were received from an unrelated incident.
If you've been injured in a car accident, the lawyers at Starks Byron are here to help. Based in Acworth, GA, we serve clients throughout the state and provide representation in car, truck, motorcycle, and hit-and-run accidents, as well as in wrongful death claims. Call (404) 905-3261 to schedule a consultation, or visit us online to explore our practice areas.
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