Why You Should See a Doctor Right After an Accident

You’ve just been involved in an auto accident – you don’t feel any pain or see any visible injuries, so you decline to seek medical treatment after exchanging insurance information with the other driver. A few months later, you notice a stiffness in your neck that eventually turns into a headache. You disregard these symptoms, thinking that they will eventually go away. What you have yet to realize is that you have actually suffered a rather serious brain injury.

This is an all too common scenario. Accident victims routinely neglect to seek medical treatment, thinking that they couldn’t possibly be injured if they haven’t experienced any pain. As a result, injuries that could have been treated weeks or months earlier quickly become life-threatening. If you are involved in an accident, it is imperative that you seek medical treatment immediately. Even if you can’t see or feel an injury, that doesn’t mean it isn’t there.

It’s Never Too Late to Visit Your Doctor

If you were recently involved in an accident, you shouldn’t ignore the signs that you may have been injured. In some cases, symptoms of a closed-head injury can take weeks to appear. It is also important to note that symptoms don’t always appear as physical pain. Sudden changes in behavior or mood could also be an indication that you are suffering from a head injury.

Don’t wait to see your doctor if you've experienced any of the following:

  • Unexplained changes in mood, behavior or emotional state
  • Trouble remembering things or completing basic tasks
  • Headaches, blurred vision, slurred speech or confusion
  • Unrelenting fatigue or bouts of excessive sleeping

Failing to Seek Treatment Could Affect Your Claim

If you were involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may need to file an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit against the other party. In doing so, you would be able to seek compensation for property damage, lost income and more. What happens, however, when you fail to realize that you have been injured until weeks, months or even years after the accident?

Unfortunately, it may not bode well for your claim. The other party’s insurance company will do whatever they can to minimize their costs, which means that you can expect them to focus on the fact that you did not seek medical treatment after the accident. They may pose questions like “How can you prove that your injuries were actually sustained in the accident?"

Not only will this give them leverage to offer less money, but it can make it more difficult for you to pursue your case at trial. For this reason, it is critical that you take the right steps after an accident. While it may still be possible to recover compensation with the help of an injury attorney, you can make the process a lot easier by taking a proactive approach to your case.

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Even if you waited to seek medical treatment until weeks after your accident, you shouldn’t assume that you will be barred from recovering any level of compensation. With the help of a Boston personal injury lawyer from Abraham & Associates, P.C., you can fight to hold the responsible party accountable. Our firm has already recovered millions of dollars in damages for past clients, and we are ready to do the same for you. Don't wait to give us a call.

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