Why Seeking Medical Attention After A Car Accident Is Important
Approximately 6 million automobile accidents occur in the United States each year, of which 3 million involve injuries to motorists, passengers, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians. While automobile accidents occur millions of times a year, each can leave the victims distraught, flustered, frightened and quite often injured.
Why Medical Attention Is Critical
It is critical to receive medical evaluation and treatment immediately following any car accident. The safest course of action would be to have a medical provider examine you the same day of the accident. You should not wait more than 72 hours for any physical injuries to be examined and assessed by a doctor. A doctor or health care professional may diagnose certain medical conditions without you realizing you even have these injuries, including:
- Internal bleeding. Doctors are also able to assess whether someone has internal bleeding. Evaluation by a medical practitioner will ensure that this critical condition is managed appropriately and quickly.
- Bones (as well as muscles) can suffer injuries after a car accident, but a medical professional should be able to tell if those aches and pains are minor, or if they are bone fractures that need to be handled right away.
- Typical concussion symptoms may be inability to focus, slurred speech, nausea and vomiting, fatigue, confused or muddled thinking, confusion, challenges with recalling details, headache, or differences in sleep patterns.
- Soft-tissue injuries (oftentimes “whiplash”). Specifically, discomfort or pain is oftentimes not noticeable until much later in the case of soft-tissue injuries. Actual pain may take days, or even weeks to develop. Having a proper medical assessment immediately following an accident can not only assist any recovery you may need, but can also convince a court that the injuries happened as a direct result of the car accident.
Never Settle Immediately With an Insurance Company
Insurance companies will want to convince you to sign a release removing them from any additional liability and accept an immediate settlement offer. In some cases, they will attempt to give you a lump-sum compensation amount, which is typically too low and will not cover your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. Never sign a release with an insurance agency without a physician or medical professional diagnose your injuries, and visiting with an experienced attorney who can help ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
In addition, you should wait until the doctor or health care provider has absolutely cleared you of injuries originating from the car accident. If you sign a release, you forfeit all your civil rights to seek reimbursement that might be owed to you in your car accident due to the negligence of another.
Let Us Help You Today
If you suffered any kind of injury following a car accident, you likely have the legal right to receive compensation for your injuries. Contact an experienced car accident attorney at Roman & Roman today at 877-767-1032 or contact us online for a free consultation. We serve clients in Clearwater, Tampa and Hudson.