Put on a brave face. Suck it up. Have a stiff upper lip. There is a seemingly endless number of common turns of phrases about swallowing feelings and moving on with life. There is a case to be made, however, for the assertion that when you are hurt, whether emotional or physical, you need to make sure you take a pause from normal everyday life and address it in an appropriate and proportional way. This holds true if you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident. Getting the proper medical treatment after an accident is, in fact, critical to both your physical well-being, but also to the strength of any personal injury claim you want to pursue.
The Importance of Medical Treatment After an Accident
After being involved in a car accident, go to the hospital to get checked out. You may even need an ambulance to transport you there. Do not underestimate your possible injuries. Some people may feel fine after being in an accident. This can be greatly deceiving. Sometimes, adrenaline masks pain from your injuries. Other times, the full force of your injury symptoms may not be felt for some time after the accident. Getting emergency medical treatment and being evaluated after an accident can help the full extent of your injuries be identified. You can thus be put on a proper treatment plan sooner rather than later which can not only help your injuries heal faster and more effectively, but it can help prevent you from sustaining further injury from living with undiagnosed and untreated injuries stemming from the accident.
Complying with doctor-recommended courses of treatment and receiving consistent follow-up treatment is also important. Yes, doctor appointments, physical therapy sessions, and lab tests can feel endless. This is not even to mention the fact that everyone has other obligations in life and medical treatment can interfere with them to be sure. The fact remains, however, that this is too important to ignore or put off. Consistent follow-up care is important to help ensure your accident injuries are properly treated. If you think the continuous appointments are interfering with your life, just consider how undiagnosed or improperly treated injuries could interfere with your life. The latter stands to have a much more detrimental impact than the former, to be sure.
It is also important to understand that being evaluated by medical professionals as soon as possible after an accident and showing that you are dedicated to consistent follow-up care as recommended by your treating physicians is critical to your personal injury claim. Medical records are foundational pieces of evidence in such claims. Yes, there may be a million different reasons why you were injured but did not get the medical care you needed, but a jury is not going to buy it and insurance companies know this. You can say that you are hurt, but medical records show that you were hurt.
New York Personal Injury Attorney
If you were injured in an accident, take care of yourself. Get the medical treatment you need and legal counsel you can trust. Attorney Michael LoGiudice is here for you. Contact us today.