Our San Francisco car accident lawyers urge you to seek immediate medical care after an accident, even if you do not think it is required, and to take proactive action with your doctor after the crash. Doing so can help you and your legal claim.
In the event of an auto crash, emergency services should be dispatched to the scene to triage the situation, treat victims, and transport the injured to the nearest hospital if there are broken bones, lacerations, and other serious injuries.
Many times, however, auto accident injuries might not be obvious to the naked eye, so our San Francisco car accident lawyers certainly advise anyone who has collided with another vehicle to get checked out, even if they do not have obvious severe injuries.
Most of us know what it is like when “the adrenaline is pumping.” When faced with a stressful or excitable situation, we react to this trauma by flooding our bodies with morphine-like hormones that mask pain. Because of this adrenaline rush, able-bodied people with no visible injuries can falsely believe that everything is fine.
The day after the accident or sometimes even weeks later, some people will wake up in pain and have the tendency to think that it will just go away after a little while. This is wishful thinking.
Now is Not the Time to “Tough it Out”
Injuries will not clear up on their own and can easily worsen if not treated properly. Neck and back injuries are especially worrisome, so whenever a motorist or a passenger experiences pain, a visit to the doctor’s office is a must. The same goes for when you feel disoriented or confused, as you might have a traumatic brain injury (TBI). A physician should immediately diagnose any injuries and determine a treatment plan moving forward. The health of our clients is paramount.
Yet another reason we want accident victims to see a doctor as soon as practical is to make the nexus between the accident and the injury. Insurance adjusters and the attorneys of defendants are smart. The more time that elapses between the auto accident and the time when medical care is sought, the more it becomes harder for our San Francisco car accident lawyers to build a solid case.
Participate in and Continue in Your Medical Treatment
Medical professionals are in the best position to create treatment plans that help patients make as speedy a recovery as possible. It is important to stay on top of treatment for both your health and to obtain documentation that can be used as evidence in any claim you pursue. When you make a claim, insurance companies and courts both want to see that you are closely following your treatment plan. If you fail to complete treatment or follow the doctor’s orders, insurance companies can challenge the severity of your injuries and your losses.
Get in Touch with Our Seasoned San Francisco Car Accident Attorneys
For decades, the Cartwright Law Firm has aggressively represented clients in the Bay Area after car accidents and injuries. We handle the insurance process to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve, and you should focus on your medical treatment and recovery. Call 415-433-0444 for informed advice, or request a free consultation.