Accidents have the potential to be incredibly severe, leading to catastrophic injuries that require immediate medical assistance. However, some accidents do not seem severe, and not all injuries are visible. In such cases, people are often left in doubt regarding whether or not their injuries warrant a trip to the doctor’s office. It is important to understand that appearances are deceiving and, while you might not think you are badly injured, you will not know for certain unless you are properly examined by a physician.
Here are some reasons why you should not fail to see a doctor in the aftermath of an accident:
- Not all injuries show up right away: You might feel fine after an accident, but that does not always mean you actually are fine. For example, if you sustained a concussion, you might not experience any symptoms at all until days, weeks, or even months later. Your doctor can order tests such as X-rays or a CT scan to help determine if you have a serious problem.
- There is usually a limited window to receive effective treatment: Some injuries need to be treated immediately in order to reduce the risk of permanent or long-term damage. Waiting too long could result in health complications or a longer period of recovery.
- Delayed treatment could also harm your chances at receiving adequate compensation: If you put off a visit to your doctor, an insurance company might construe this a sign that you were not as injured as you claimed to be. Remember, the insurance company is looking for any reason to poke holes in your case, so you never want to give them a chance to try to reduce your compensation.
- Your visit is likely covered: Given that Minnesota is a no-fault state, drivers are required to carry personal injury protection (PIP) on their insurance policies. This type of coverage pays up to $20,000 of your medical costs after being involved in an accident, so there are no excuses for neglecting your health. Seek the care you need. It will benefit you in a multitude of ways.
- Your health is important and getting checked out is always the right decision: Nothing is more important than your health. You might be fine, but instead of rolling the dice on your wellbeing, it is better to take the time to see a doctor and make sure that you do not have a serious condition brewing beneath the surface. Not every ache and pain will go away on its own, so be safe rather than sorry. You owe it to your family, friends, and most of all, to yourself. If you have a serious injury, finding out right away is your best chance at obtaining compensation to pay for your medical expenses.
Choose An Attorney Who Will Fight For Your Rights
If you or someone you love has been injured due to someone else’s negligence or careless actions, you deserve to pursue compensation and hold them accountable for your injuries. This should not be something you have to face on your own. At Harris Law Firm, PLLC, our Greenville personal injury attorneys will fight tooth and nail to see that any at-fault parties take responsibility for their actions, and that you are properly compensated for the damage done to you.
We have served as fierce legal advocates for victims in our area for over 30 years, building a substantial history in the legal field. Our legal team will put our vast experience and knowledge to work for you.
Call us today at (662) 735-6074 for a free consultation.