The Importance of Medical Treatment After An Injury
If you were injured following any kind of accident, you should always seek immediate medical treatment. You may feel as if your injuries are not severe, however, if you were the victim of a car accident, dog bite, slip and fall accident, medical malpractice, nursing home injury or any other type of accident that was due to someone else’s negligence, you need to not only ensure your own health and safety, but also have evidence to establish your injury in case you want to pursue a claim for compensation at a later time.
Injuries Resulting from Accident
In many cases, people become panicked during an accident and suffer from emotional and physical trauma following an accident. In many cases, the rush of adrenaline eliminates the victim’s ability to understand and interpret their pain correctly. Therefore, they may not feel that they have suffered serious injuries; however, their injuries could actually be life-threatening. Some of the common types of injuries that result from an accident that do not present themselves until later could include traumatic brain injuries, whiplash, internal bleeding, spinal cord injuries, and psychological injuries such as post-traumatic stress disorder.
When Should You Seek Medical Attention
You should always seek medical attention as soon as possible following an accident of any kind, even if you feel the injury is minor. If an ambulance arrives at the scene of an accident make sure to take advantage of the medical professionals available to evaluate your injuries. Additionally, if you feel that the accident was serious in any way you should immediately visit an emergency room. In no case should you want more than 48 or 72 hours to seek medical treatment from a doctor, nurse, or other health professional. The reason is not only due to your health, but also if you suffer from any type of injury after an accident due to someone else’s negligence, you will need to provide proof that your injuries were assessed accurately by a medical health professional soon after the accident occurred.
If you suffered an injury following an accident, you may be tempted to settle quickly with an insurance company so that you can receive compensation for your injuries and pay your medical bills. You may especially feel this way if you were unable to return to work quickly following your accident. However, you should never settle with an insurance company until your medical treatments are completed. Insurance companies will oftentimes purposefully offer low settlement amounts, and the negotiation process can be intense and adversarial.
Contact Us Today for Help
If you suffered injuries through no fault of your own, and due to someone else’s negligence, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney immediately following your accident in order to understand your legal rights and how you may be able to receive compensation for your claim. Schedule a free initial consultation with the personal injury attorneys at the O’Donnell Law Offices serving clients in Kingston, Wilkes Barre, Hazleton and Pittston at 570-821-5717 or online today. There is no fee or costs until we win your case.