Austin Personal Injury Blog

Why You Need to See a Doctor After a Car Accident

Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 11-Jan-2019

Statistically, every single person in the United States will be involved in a car collision at least once in their lives. Whether it’s a rear-end bump or a five-car pileup, a car accident can be a painful and overwhelming experience. Even so, there are a few specific steps you need to take after an accident if you want to protect your personal injury claim. For example, it’s imperative that you seek medical attention immediately after the accident.

Even if you think your injuries are minor, it’s important to seek medical treatment after a car collision for the following reasons:

  • You may experience a delayed reaction: Some car accident injuries aren’t immediately noticeable to the untrained eye. In fact, accident survivors often feel a rush of adrenaline after a collision that masks the severity of their injuries. It’s very easy for a layman to confuse a cervical spine damage for symptoms of whiplash. A trained medical professional can evaluate your injuries, prescribe essential treatment options, and even you schedule you for any necessary surgeries. Seeking immediate medical attention can increase your recovery time and reduce your medical expenses.
  • You need to secure the evidence: You need to create a detailed record of your injury-related expenses and debts before accepting a settlement or walking into a courtroom. Otherwise, you may recover compensation that doesn’t account for your present and future needs. Visiting your doctor and other necessary medical professionals can provide you with the documentation you need to secure both economic and non-economic damages.
    • The following information may be essential to your case:
      • Your medical record
      • Hospital bills
      • Lists of the treatments and medications you’re prescribed
      • Notes about the doctors, chiropractors, or therapists you meet with
  • The defendant’s insurance company doesn’t want to pay: While it’s best for your health to seek medical attention immediately after an accident, sometimes life and personal circumstances get in the way. Regardless, you need to visit with a doctor within 7 days to protect your claim from the at-fault driver’s insurance provider. Otherwise, the rival insurance company may claim that your injuries aren’t severe enough to warrant compensation.

Pursue Damages Today

If you’ve been injured by the actions of a negligent driver, contact the Austin car accident lawyers at The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC. Our legal team has the experience and legal acumen to effectively manage each and every aspect of your case. We can negotiate with insurance companies and, if necessary, litigate on your behalf in court to safeguard your right to a beneficial settlement or verdict.

Schedule a free consultation today! Contact The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC at (512) 271-5112.

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