Why You Should Always Seek Medical Treatment after a Car Accident

When you’re involved in a car accident, your health and well-being should always be a top priority. Unfortunately, many people involved in car accidents refuse immediate medical attention for any number of reasons—often because they’re under the impression that they weren’t injured.

No matter how minor or major of an accident you’ve been in, it’s always in your best interest to seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Otherwise, this decision could come back to haunt you down the road in a number of ways.

Injuries May Not Be Initially Obvious

First of all, while you may feel perfectly fine after an accident (especially a seemingly minor one), the fact remains that not all injuries will be obvious right away. Whiplash, for example, is one of the most common injuries sustained in auto accidents. When whiplash occurs, the symptoms often don’t arise for a day or two following the incident itself. By then, the symptoms (such as neck pain/stiffness and headaches) may become serious when they could have been treated more successfully had the victim saw a doctor sooner.

In other cases, the adrenaline that pumps through your body when you’re involved in an auto accident may actually “mask” the pain that would otherwise make an injury obvious. As a result, you might think you’ve escaped from the accident unharmed—but when that adrenaline wears off, you will quickly realize you were wrong.

Your Claim Could Be Affected

Unfortunately, when you fail to seek medical attention immediately after an accident, your claim could ultimately be affected if you decide to file one after you realize the true extent of your injuries. There is a chance, for example, that the insurance company will see that you didn’t see a doctor right away following your accident. As a result, they could try to claim that any injuries you sustained cannot be proven to have been caused by the accident itself. Your claim could even be denied because of this.

By seeing a doctor immediately after your accident, no matter how minor the incident may have seemed, you can do everything you need to in terms of “covering your bases.” If you are injured, a medical professional will be able to determine the extent of your injuries and the required treatment. You might even be able to avoid further problems (such as aggravating an injury you didn’t know you had) that could otherwise prevent you from being able to work or take care of your day-to-day responsibilities. And of course, if you actually don’t have any injuries as a result of your accident, you’ll enjoy that additional peace of mind as well.

Contact BLW Lawyers Today

Losing out on an ICBC claim because a person failed to seek medical attention after an accident happens more often than you might think. If you’ve recently been injured in an accident, be sure to keep detailed records of all your doctor visits and medical bills so you can seek out the compensation you may be entitled to. And if you need legal assistance with your ICBC claim, be sure to reach out to our team at Becker Lavin, & Wessler today.

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