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What if I Waited Too Long to See a Doctor After a Car Accident?

It is not uncommon for a car accident victim to not visit their doctor or an emergency room immediately. Perhaps they believed a mild soreness in their neck would go away with a bit of rest. In other situations, an accident victim might not realize they suffered an injury at all. You should be aware that any delay in seeking medical attention following a car crash could significantly impact your health, injury claim, or lawsuit.

Waiting too long to see a physician makes it more difficult to link your injuries to the accident. For example, if you do not see your doctor until a month after a crash, it becomes harder for your physician to testify that the accident caused your injuries. Because an injured victim has the burden of proof regarding causation and damages, a significant delay in seeking medical attention makes it harder to obtain compensation.

Our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers will help you with your claim, working with you and your medical providers to gather evidence. At the Reiff Law Firm, we provide our clients professional, compassionate, and aggressive representation based on decades of experience. Call (215) 709-6940 to review your car accident claim.

Do I Lose My Legal Rights if I Delayed Seeking Medical Attention

In most jurisdictions, you have anywhere between two to three years to file a personal injury claim following an accident. The date of the crash controls the deadline – not when you saw a doctor. Therefore, even if you delay seeing a doctor or seeking other medical treatment, you are not prohibited from filing a lawsuit. However, just because you have years to file a claim does not mean you should wait to see a doctor.

Medical evidence is a key component, whether you are negotiating with an insurer or filing a personal injury lawsuit. Furthermore, if you wait to contact our Pennsylvania car accident lawyers, other valuable evidence could be lost. While the days following an accident could feel overwhelming, you should take proactive steps to protect your rights. If you feel any discomfort or pain, you should not wait for more than a day or two to see a doctor. Any further delay could seriously harm your case.

Why Do Car Accident Victims Avoid Medical Treatment?

There are many reasons why an accident victim does not seek immediate medical attention. For example, many people believe it is common to feel sore, stiff, or even disoriented after a crash. While many of these symptoms could disappear in a few days, they could also be an indication of a more serious injury.

Some injuries might not be obvious in the days following a car wreck. People with soft tissue damage or muscle strains might only experience slight discomfort at first. However, it is possible that, after a few days or weeks, the slight discomfort becomes much worse.

Another common occurrence is an accident victim is transported to the E.R., where an emergency room doctor examines them. After some tests and perhaps an x-ray, the victim is discharged with instructions to take medication and to call their doctor if they do not feel better in a couple of weeks. While there is an initial examination, the delay in seeking further or follow-up treatment could also harm your case.

Other people get caught up in other complications related to an accident, such as having their car repaired or just getting back to work. Too many people have the view that working through pain is an attribute. If you see a doctor weeks after returning to work, an insurance company has solid grounds to contest or deny an injury claim.

Why You Should Receive Immediate Medical Attention

The days or weeks following an accident could feel confusing and disjointed. Nonetheless, the choices and actions you take immediately following a wreck will significantly impact your ability to receive the compensation you deserve.

The number one reason you should seek immediate medical attention following an accident is your health. You should have a medical professional examine and treat you, being sure to explain why you are there.

Holding another driver liable for your injuries requires evidence. Some of the most important evidence available is your medical records. After a crash, you want to begin documenting your injuries as soon as possible.

For example, imagine you are in a minor accident while heading to the beach for a weekend trip. You decline medical attention at the scene because you feel fine, only a bit shaken. After exchanging information with the other driver, you continue on your trip. However, that weekend, the pain in your neck increases, and by Monday morning, you cannot go to work. After seeing your doctor later that week, you are diagnosed with a broken vertebrate. Because you could have been engaged in conduct that could have caused the injury and did not have immediate medical documentation that you were injured in the accident, an insurance company or defense attorney will argue that an intervening incident caused your injury.

Insurance companies are for-profit businesses. They will often deny obvious injury claims. You should not give them ammunition to dispute your claim. If you have been in an accident, seek medical attention and contact our Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers.

Seek Medical Attention and Contact Our Experienced Pennsylvania Personal Injury Lawyers After a Car Accident

If you are involved in a car wreck, even a minor fender-bender, it is crucial to see a doctor as soon as possible. While many people who walk away from a crash with either minor or no injuries will experience any further complications, if you are one of the unfortunate ones that do, a delay in medical attention could damage your personal injury claim. The experienced Bucks County personal injury lawyers at the Reiff Law Firm work to protect the rights of those hurt in car accidents. Call (215) 709-6940 to learn more about our services.

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