Being involved in car accidents is something we are not actually used to. When talking to lawyers at Christensen & Hymas, it was highlighted that most people that file injury claims do not understand how important it is to go to the doctor immediately following the accident. So many end up without being able to file a claim but the most important thing to remember is that the health of the person involved in any car accident can be in danger. Whenever involved in an accident, you want to visit the doctor. Here is why.
Common Injuries After Car Accidents
The most common areas that are affected by a car accident are the back and the neck. This does include all the muscles that support spinal columns. The whiplash injuries are those that appear in most situations, together with sprains, disc injuries and muscle or ligament strain. It is very important to see if you have numbness or stiffness in the upper back and the neck areas. Whenever this is the case, you want to quickly go to the doctor to get treatment or at least checked out.
The problem is that many car accidents will bring in injuries to soft tissues, headaches and basically some injuries that have no symptoms that are visible. The good news is that in most situations we will see visible symptoms. However, since it is also possible that you will feel great and have no visible symptoms, the doctor should check you out.
The Legal Problem
When you are involved in a car accident caused by someone else you need to file a personal injury claim. If you do not get medical treatment, the claim cannot actually include medical expenses. This means that when you are not checked out and some injuries become visible at a later point in time, you cannot obtain financial compensation.
An insurance company will normally assume you were not hurt if medical attention was not immediately gained. It is also possible they think you will were simply not injured. An insurer will always evaluate all the documentation that appears and will see if you tried to get some medical help or not. When no proof that medical help was required following the accident, the claim amounts will be a lot lower than what they could be.
When a long time passed since the accident and the treatment the insurer thinks that plaintiff is faking or simply exaggerating injuries, with the goal of getting more money. At the same time, they may think that the plaintiff suffered the injury because of something else that happened after the car accident.
The most important thing to remember is that you have to go to the doctor as soon as possible after the accident happened. You want to be sure that you are going to get checked out and that all the injuries you have are properly documented. This is what guarantees the best possible outcome in the future for victims of car accidents.