It is easy to minimize your injuries after a vehicle crash, what with all the other concerns you have to deal with simultaneously. But apart from your car, you should also have yourself checked. Even if you feel fine, seeking medical assistance right after an accident offers benefits beyond ensuring you are well.
Delayed symptoms are common after a car crash
Many vehicle accident victims only start to experience delayed symptoms after days or weeks have passed. They may have also aggravated their injuries by failing to seek medical attention earlier.
Treating injuries way after an accident happens is not only expensive but can also be frustrating, knowing that it was not your fault. However, because you took too long to go to a doctor, it is possible that you will not be able to hold the driver who caused your injuries liable.
Visits to the doctor serve as proof of injury
The sooner you go to the doctor after an accident, the easier it will be to demonstrate that the accident was the cause of injury. The at-fault motorist’s insurance provider will make every effort to avoid paying you or to pay you less than you are entitled to. If you wait too long before obtaining medical treatment, they may blame your injuries on anything else other than their client.
Similarly, if you wish to take legal action to recover the cost of your damages and medical expenses, putting off treatment will make it very difficult to establish that the other motorist was to blame. The court may determine that your injuries are not as severe as you claim since you did not feel the need to seek medical assistance right away.
After an accident, some people avoid medical attention because they either downplay their injuries or are afraid of being told the truth about the severity of their injuries. However, doing so has no benefit. Instead, you would be endangering your health and losing any claim you have to sue. Knowing about your injuries sooner is preferable to paying much more expensive bills later on because they have gotten worse.