By: Matthew Tievsky
It's difficult to overstate how important it is to go to a hospital
or doctor, immediately after you are in a car accident, if there is
any possibility that you have been hurt. Countless times, we at Chaikin, Sherman,
Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. see clients who waited days after an accident
to finally obtain medical attention. We generally hear the same two reasons:
"I didn't feel anything because of the adrenaline rush after
the accident"; and, "I thought I would feel better after a couple
of days." Too often our clients find that they actually feel
worse after a couple of days.
Delaying treatment creates two problems. The first, of course, is that
you don't get medical attention as early as you should, when it will
be the most helpful to you. That's a health problem. The other problem,
though, arises if and when you file a personal injury claim. When an insurance
company, a judge, or a jury sees that you waited several days after an
accident to seek medical attention, their inclination often is: "The
accident can't have been that bad." That attitude makes it much
harder for you to recover for the injuries you actually suffered. For
the sake of both your health and compensation for your injuries, make
sure you seek medical attention promptly after a collision, if you may
have been injured.
If you believe you may need medical treatment as a result of an auto accident
that wasn't your fault, you should contact the personal injury attorneys
at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. for a free consultation.