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Get medical attention as soon as possible after an accident

Protect your health and your legal rights

After an automobile accident, it is important to obtain a medical examination, as well as any required medical treatment, right away. Most importantly, this is because your future health and well-being can be at stake. Not seeing a doctor in a timely fashion also can greatly affect the monetary value of your claim with the insurance company.

How insurance companies evaluate claims

Insurance companies now use software to evaluate accident claims. This means that the insurance adjuster inputs the required data into the program to receive a computer-generated settlement amount. Rarely does the adjustor vary this calculated figure, so it is vital for the information in your claim to be complete and correct, particularly in terms of medical records.

Typically, with regard to injury compensation, the adjuster looks at whether you have seen a medical professional within 72 hours of the accident. Any delay in medical treatment could result in a significant reduction in the money the insurance company is willing to pay on your claim. In the event your injury case proceeds to trial, the insurance defense lawyers are almost certain to use the delay in seeking treatment to cast doubt on the seriousness of your injuries.

Options for medical evaluation and treatment

There are several ways to receive a proper medical evaluation within 72 hours of an accident:

  • See your primary provider - If you have a physician you see on a regular basis, you can often get an appointment sooner if you tell them you have been in a car accident.
  • Go to an urgent care facility - If you do not have a regular doctor or cannot get an appointment, going to urgent care for a medical evaluation is a good second option.
  • Go to an emergency room - If injuries are serious, you most likely will go to a hospital trauma center first for immediate medical care.
  • Visit a chiropractor - Another option may be to go to see a doctor of chiropractic, who can perform a physical exam and provide medical documentation.

Get a medical exam even if you don't suspect injury

You can and should get a medical examination even if you are not feeling any pain or discomfort. Medical professionals have the training and experienced needed to spot potential problems after a car accident that may require attention and treatment.

Additionally, soft tissue injuries to ligaments, tendons and muscles may not develop until days after a car accident. Others can seem minor at first but grow more severe if left untreated. This includes sprains, strains, bruising, neck and back pain, and whiplash.

Get help with your injury claim

The most important thing to remember after an automobile accident is that you do not have to deal with the insurance companies alone. Whether you are having problems obtaining full compensation for your claim or not, contact an experienced car accident attorney to help with your case.

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