If you were injured because of the negligence of another, you should seek medical attention right away. Continue reading and reach out to our skilled Buffalo, New York personal injury attorney. Our legal team is on your side. Give us a call today to get started.
Should I seek medical attention after an accident?
There are a number of reasons why you should seek medical attention after an accident. They include the following:
- Protect your health: The importance of seeing a doctor after an accident may be especially obvious when your injuries are severe. However, in the event that you do not think you have been hurt, or when your injuries seem to be little, it can be tempting to not have a medical professional evaluate your condition. But sometimes, apparently minor symptoms can indicate a serious injury, and whatever is wrong is likely to get worse if left untreated. Basically, seek prompt medical attention after an accident if you feel even the least level of discomfort or pain.
- To verify your injuries: If you end up filing an injury-related insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit, you will need proof to back up your claims. Not only will the other side (the person at fault for the accident, and/or their insurer or lawyer) want more than your word as to the nature and extent of your injuries, but until you see a medical professional, you will not need to have a complete picture of your injury. The documentation is particularly important because, without it, it’s very hard to obtain compensation for your personal injuries.
- To prove causation: The longer you wait to see a doctor after an accident, the more comfortable it is for someone else (like the insurance adjuster) to claim that your injury was not a result of the accident.
- Medical attention may be needed for insurance reasons: If you were hurt in a car accident, realize that some states require that you see a doctor before certain kinds of car insurance coverage can take effect. Especially, some no-fault car insurance states require individuals to see a skilled medical professional within a certain amount of time following the accident. For instance, in the state of New York, drivers have 45 days to get medical care for accident injuries if they want those medical costs reimbursed by their personal injury protection (PIP) coverage.
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