Many people avoid going to the doctor after a car accident due to the high cost of medical plan deductibles and copays.
Unfortunately, not seeking medical care can affect how fully you recover. If another driver was at fault, it can also affect your personal injury case.
Making sure you are all right
Even if you do not feel seriously injured after an accident, you need to make sure you are all right. What might seem like a minor injury can be something more serious. Your injury could get worse or even develop into a chronic condition.
You should follow up on your doctor's treatment plan until you recover as fully as possible. Doctors often treat injuries conservatively. For example, if physical therapy is not successful for a back injury, the doctor may recommend surgery.
Dealing with insurance companies
If someone else was responsible for your injury, their insurance company is responsible for paying your past and future medical bills, lost wages, as well as noneconomic damages such as pain and suffering. However, the insurance company will look for ways to minimize your injury.
If you do not seek treatment soon after the accident, the insurance company may claim that your injury was not accident-related, or that you were not seriously hurt.
If you discontinue treatment, the insurance company may claim you are no longer injured, even if you continue to experience pain and other symptoms.
To protect your rights after a car accident, seek prompt advice from a personal injury attorney.