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Why You Should Always Seek Medical Attention After a Car Accident

George Aldrich Nov. 22, 2021

When a car accident occurs, victims often suffer minor to severe injuries that may be enough to change the course of their lives forever. Regardless of the seriousness of your injuries, seeking immediate medical attention after the incident is crucial for your overall well-being, safety, and insurance claims purposes. The doctor's report and medical treatments will be vital to pursuing your personal injury claims.

At G. Aldrich Law, we're dedicated to offering comprehensive legal guidance and compassionate representation to clients in their car accident claims. Our experienced California personal injury attorneys will evaluate and investigate every last detail of your personal situation and determine your possible options to seek damages. As your legal counsel, we will fight zealously to protect your legal rights and help recover rightful compensation for your injuries, damages, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Aldrich Law is proud to represent car accident victims across Lakeport, Woodland Hills, Lake County, Los Angeles County, Riverside County, and surrounding Northern and Southern California counties.

Common Injuries After An Accident

A car accident may cause minor or severe injuries to the passengers, drivers, or other road users. Here are some of the most common injuries that are often sustained in car accidents:

  • Neck or back pain

  • Head injuries

  • Traumatic brain injuries

  • Headaches and migraines

  • Whiplash

  • Lacerations

  • Spinal cord injuries

  • Bruising

  • Broken arms, hips, legs, and shoulders

  • Concussions

  • Broken ribs

  • Soft tissue injuries

  • Knee trauma

  • Scrapes and cuts

  • Herniated discs

  • Internal bleeding

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

No matter the nature of your injury, seeking immediate medical attention is crucial for many reasons.

Reasons to Seek Immediate Medical Attention

Auto accidents usually result in injuries and traumas. Sometimes, the accident victim may not feel any pain immediately, or the injuries may not be seen by the naked eye. However, the fact that you feel fine following your involvement in an accident doesn't mean you should overlook getting medical treatment. Here are some reasons to seek immediate medical attention after a car accident:

For Your Safety

After an accident, your overall health and general well-being should be your main priority. It is always advisable to get immediate medical attention, even if you see only minor signs of injury or you think you aren't injured. Occasionally, injuries sustained during car accidents may not fully manifest immediately. It may take hours or even days before you start to feel the symptoms. When your injuries eventually manifest, reversing the damages may be a little too late.

For Proper Documentation

Additionally, you should seek immediate medical help for proper documentation. Doctors’ reports, appointments, and other documents showing the magnitude of your injuries and the medical treatments received will constitute a crucial part of your injury claims. Unfortunately, your claims may be undervalued or denied for failure to provide any of the necessary documentation.

To Avoid Possible Issues with the Insurer

When you file an injury claim, the insurance company or claims adjuster is required to investigate the claim. However, if you delay seeking medical help, some insurers may use this as proof that your injuries were made up or you weren't really injured. The insurance provider could argue that you delayed seeking medical treatment because your injuries were minor or they were caused by an unrelated incident.

Following Through with the Treatment Plan

Just like it is essential to receive adequate medical treatment, following through with your treatment plan is also crucial. Your doctor or primary care physician may prescribe a personalized treatment routine consisting of physical therapy, regular checkups, prescription medication, or other treatment options. Adhering to the recommended treatment plan will help you heal faster and consequently help with your injury claims.

For instance, suppose the insurance provider discovered that you didn't attend your routine checkups or physical therapy sessions. They could argue that you refused to attend because they weren't necessary. As such, they may refuse to cover the related treatment or therapy cost. Also, the insurance may argue that failure to follow your treatment routine or physician's advice made your condition worsen. Thus, they may decide to reduce your financial compensation.

Work With an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney

Car accidents that result in serious injuries usually have devastating, long-term ramifications on the victims' lives and family members. Such a traffic collision can affect your mental, financial, and physical health. Nonetheless, you don't have to face the challenges and financial liability all by yourself. When you're involved in a car accident, retaining a skilled personal injury attorney is a vital step towards protecting your legal rights and pursuing the financial justice that you deserve.

At G. Aldrich Law, we have the resources and experience to help you hold those liable for your injuries accountable. Our knowledge of the laws addressing liability in personal injury cases can help guide you through the often complex legal process. Don't leave your fate in the hands of insurance providers that won't protect your best interests. Let our team help fight for your rights and help recover fair compensation that can cover your medical expenses, lost income and benefits, and any additional pain, discomfort, and suffering you've been through.

If you or someone close to you was injured in a car accident, contact G. Aldrich Law today to schedule a simple case assessment. Our experienced attorneys can offer you the comprehensive legal counsel, support, and compassionate representation you need in your car accident claims. Our firm proudly represents clients across Lakeport, Woodland Hills, Lake County, Los Angeles County, Riverside County, and surrounding Northern and Southern California counties.