This is the #1 Mistake Car Accident Victims Make

Are you aware of who to call first following an automobile accident? Read on to learn how to improve your recovery and personal injury claim.

When you fall victim to an automobile accident, you will undoubtedly have a lot on your mind. At the forefront of all of your concerns will be to take proactive steps in guaranteeing that you receive compensation for the cost of the accident. Before you do so, however, it is important to keep your health and wellness a priority. Let’s take a look at the #1 mistake car accident victims make, and how you can ensure that you do not make the same.

Who to Call First Following an Accident

There are cases in which people are taken to the emergency room immediately following a car accident. However, for those involved in an automobile accident with no immediate, noticeable injuries, the choice to seek medical attention right away is not as obvious.

In many cases, when a victim of an automobile accident does not feel any pain or other effects from the crash, they decide to contact a lawyer following the crash to discuss their personal injury claim. Unfortunately, delaying medical treatment can backfire.

You may leave the scene of the accident telling the others involved that you are not hurt. What happens the following day, though, when you wake up in a great amount of pain? You might think to yourself, “I’ll take a little Ibuprofen and be fine.” Instead of going to the emergency room or to your doctor, you wait, hoping that it will get better. A week or two may go by before you realize that something is definitely wrong, and you are in need of medical attention.

Why You Should Never Delay Medical Treatment

Whenever you are involved in an automobile accident, you need to seek medical attention as soon as possible. As stated above, in many cases, car crash victims may not feel pain in the first day or even week following the accident. However, this pain is often delayed and will spring up in the days or weeks following the crash. The only way to be certain of the extent of your injuries is to seek medical attention.

If you delay seeking medical treatment, you are at risk for the following:

Insurance companies will use it against you: They will argue that you weren’t hurt as a result of the accident, or that the injuries you sustained were a result of your negligence to seek medical attention sooner. They can also try to reduce, if not deny your claim altogether because you did not see a doctor soon enough.

You will forfeit use of Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage: Florida has a relatively new law which requires that you see a doctor within two weeks of a motor vehicle accident. If you do not seek medical treatment within this 14 day window, insurance companies are no longer required by law to cover the medical expenses.

Your personal health could suffer: Not only is it important to seek immediate medical attention for your personal injury claim, but it is essential for your long-term health and wellness. Procrastinating medical care can make injuries much worse, and prolong the recovery process.

Other Suggestions Following a Car Accident

Take detailed notes of your injuries and all forms of medical treatment you receive following the accident. Write down the names, phone numbers, and addresses of any accident doctors you visit, whether they be:

  • Doctors.
  • Chiropractors.
  • Physical therapists.
  • Other professionals, you were referred to after the accident.

Keep receipts for medications you were prescribed by your physician or any assistive devices such as crutches, back braces, or electrical stimulation units that were needed for care.

Make sure to keep records of the degree of your pain, the amount of sleep you are getting, and any other inconveniences you experience as a result of your injuries.

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