The Importance of Seeking Medical Attention After a Car Accident
Jan. 16, 2020
According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, there were 121,624 crashes in the state in 2019. Car accidents are all too common, and the consequences can be extremely serious. From an injury that leaves you unable to work, to expensive repairs to your vehicle, the effects of a car crash can impact your life for years after the accident.
Our team at Gama Law Firm leverages our over 60 combined years of experience to help individuals who have been in car accidents. We have good relationships with insurance adjusters, insurance attorneys, and judges throughout the state of Colorado. Let us help you understand your legal rights and advocate for you. We proudly represent clients in Aurora, Denver, Parker, Centennial, and Castle Pines, Colorado.
Common Injuries After an Accident
There are several types of common injuries after a car accident, including:
Neck sprains (such as whiplash)
Most of the injuries sustained from car accidents are to the head, neck, face, thorax, abdomen, arms, and legs.
Reasons to Seek Immediate Medical Attention
After any car accident, you should seek medical attention. You might think because the accident was minor that you don’t need to see a medical professional – but you still should, and these are two reasons why.
For Your Own Sake
When you’ve been in a car accident, you may think that you are uninjured and totally fine. However, adrenaline pumping through your body at the time of the accident can mask injuries that you won’t feel until later. Sometimes symptoms don’t appear for days or even weeks. At that point, it may be too late to reverse the damage.
Seek medical attention as soon as possible after the accident so that you can be confident, for your own sake, that you didn’t sustain any injuries.
It’s equally important that you seek medical care after a car accident so that you have documentation. Documentation shows that you believed the accident, and any injuries you may have sustained, were serious enough to merit medical attention. This record will help your case.
You will also need documentation for the insurance corporation, especially in Colorado. Colorado is an at-fault state, which means that the insurance corporation for the person who was at fault for the accident will most likely have to pay the injured person’s medical bills and potentially other costs as well.
So, if you do not have documentation that you sought medical help after the car accident, then the insurance corporation may use that fact to try to prove that you did not truly believe the injury was serious and that you are just looking for money. Prevent this from happening by immediately seeking medical attention after the accident.
Follow Through With the Treatment Plan
It’s also extremely important for anyone who is injured in a car accident to follow through with their treatment plan for their own sake.
Follow the advice that your healthcare provider gives you. Ask your doctor questions and make sure you understand exactly what you need to do, whether it’s resting the injured area or physical therapy exercises down the line.
You should also follow through with your treatment plan because it provides additional documentation for your case. A detailed record of your medical care and expenses will help you prove to the insurance corporation that you need the funds in your claim. If you do not finish the entirety of a treatment plan, the insurance company could use this fact against you.
Getting the Experienced Legal Guidance You Need
No one should have to fight with an insurance corporation on their own while also trying to recover from their injuries. With over 60 years of combined experience, our team at Gama Law Firm is serious about applying our knowledge of fighting these cases to help you achieve the outcome you need. Our firm is proud to represent clients in Aurora, Denver, Parker, Centennial, and Castle Pines, Colorado. Contact us today for your free consultation.