After many traffic accidents, the victims are transported to an emergency room for immediate medical care. Therefore, this question only arises when a victim refuses to be transported to the emergency room. While there is not a deadline for seeking medical treatment, your delay in seeking medical attention can have a negative impact on your ability to recover full compensation for your injuries. Furthermore, delaying medical attention can have negative consequences for your health.
Therefore, it is always best to see a doctor as soon as possible after being involved in any accident. If you have not seen a doctor, we urge you to be checked by a physician and contact our office for assistance with your injury claim.
But I Feel Fine!
In some cases, an accident victim will not realize he or she is injured because of the shock of the accident. Being in an accident can cause an immediate adrenaline or epinephrine rush that can mask some of the signs or symptoms of an injury. It is only hours or days later that the person begins to “feel” the full effect of his or her injuries.
Therefore, it is a natural response for the person to say he or she is “feeling fine” and does not need medical care after an accident. However, this simple statement can make it much more difficult, although not impossible, to recover full compensation for injuries.
For this reason, we strongly urge victims to avoid saying they are “fine” or they are “not injured” at an accident scene. If you do not believe you need emergency care, you should see your family doctor within a day or two at the most to be checked for injuries. Whiplash and other soft tissue injuries can be very serious even though you do not “feel” the symptoms immediately after the accident.
Filing an Accident Claim After a Delay in Medical Treatment
If you delayed medical treatment, you can still file an injury claim for your damages. As stated above, it may be more difficult to recover compensation because the insurance company may argue that your injuries were not sustained in the accident or you are not as injured as you claim because of your delay in seeking care. While it may be a difficult fight, we believe every victim has the right to recover full compensation for injuries sustained in an accident caused by a reckless or negligent driver.
When you are fighting a difficult claim, you want an experienced Erie accident attorney to assist you with the claim. An insurance adjuster does not represent you, and he will not explain your legal rights nor tell you if you are making a serious mistake. An attorney protects your best interest by investigating the cause of the accident, researching applicable law, and preparing a demand that is backed up by evidence and legal precedence.
Call an Erie Accident Attorney Now For a Free Appointment
If you were injured in a traffic accident, you deserve compensation for your injuries. The Travis Law Firm will fight for a fair and just settlement so you can continue to recover from the negative impact a reckless driver had on your life. Call our office at (800) 401-2066 to schedule a free legal consultation with one of our Erie accident attorneys.