If you have been involved in a car accident, and you are injured or think you may have been injured, you need to obtain medical care as soon as possible. It is important that you tell the police and emergency service providers. Do not ignore your body.
Your Health Is Most Important, Whether You Pursue a Claim or Not
Regardless of any legal claim you may have arising from an accident, your health and well-being are the most important aspect of the situation. If you have been injured, it is vital that you receive appropriate medical care to treat those injuries.
Although there is a natural inclination to avoid medical treatment if possible, you should keep in mind that the longer treatment is delayed, the longer it will take for you to get better. Furthermore, delay in seeking treatment may be used against you by the insurance adjuster should you file a claim to recover compensation for your injuries.
Prompt and Proper Medical Care Improves Your Chances of a Successful Claim for Compensation after a Car Accident
It is important that you keep all medical appointments and follow through with prescribed care. Insurance adjusters look skeptically at injury claims of people who fail to go to their scheduled medical appointments or fail to follow through with medical care prescribed by their doctor. Unless the treatment recommendation is in some way controversial, you will have a hard time convincing anyone that you are still suffering the effects of the injury if you do not follow through with what a doctor has recommended. A refusal to undergo treatment suggests that you are no longer injured.
When you go to the doctor for treatment, it is vitally important that you relate the full extent of your injuries. Often the doctor will come in and ask how the patient is doing. Instead of saying not well and identifying their specific problems, people often simply say they are doing fine. If you are doing fine, why are you at the doctor?
Tell your medical providers of all of your problems. A doctor cannot diagnose and treat something he has not been told about. If you tell the doctor you are fine, odds are that he is going to believe you. Providing a detailed and complete history of your problems is not whining!
Doctors are busy people and often in a hurry to get to the next patient. If you need to write down your complaints and questions, do so in order that you don't forget them.
Always Be Completely Honest With Your Doctor. Never Exaggerate or Lie
Finally, never misrepresent the extent of your injuries and activity levels. Doctors have methods of determining whether they believe you are exaggerating your injuries and insurance companies routinely hire private investigators to conduct videotape surveillance.
Have You Been Injured In A Kansas City Area Car Accident?
If you've been injured in a car accident you need to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our Kansas City office directly at 816.471.5111 to schedule your free consultation.