Always Get a Medical Assessment
Following an Accident
April 21, 2022
After a car accident, you may think that you don’t need to see a doctor because, in your opinion, the accident wasn’t that serious. You might want to return to your normal life as soon as possible after this upsetting experience.
However, no matter how minor a car accident is, you should always seek medical care as soon as possible after the accident. While you may think the accident wasn’t that serious, there are several important reasons to see a healthcare professional as soon as you can.
Ronald E. Stutzman, Jr. personally knows what it’s like to be in a serious car accident – and what it’s like to work with insurance companies in the aftermath. His passion for representing people who have suffered in car accidents inspires him to work hard for each client. He believes that no one should have to face a car accident or personal injury claim alone.
The Stutzman Law Firm, PLLC serves clients in Flowood, Mississippi, as well as Brandon, Clinton, Pearl, Richland, and throughout Rankin County.
Seek Medical Attention
Immediately After an Accident
Your health should be your top priority, and your recovery is the most important reason why you should seek medical attention after a car accident. It’s extremely important to take care of your one body and your one life.
Right after the accident, your body might release emergency hormones that prevent you from feeling the pain of your injuries. However, hours, days, or even weeks after the accident, you could experience severe pain. A qualified healthcare professional can help identify injuries and treat them as soon as possible.
You also should seek medical attention for documentation reasons. When you file your claim with an insurance company in Mississippi, you will need evidence that you took the accident seriously and that you needed medical care. Your official medical diagnosis will be required.
Lastly, if you don’t seek medical care right away, the insurance company could use the fact that you delayed getting treatment against you. They will argue that if the injury really warranted medical treatment, then you would have sought medical attention sooner.
In cases where the car accident victim files a claim against an at-fault driver, the insurance company is especially likely to use any delay in seeking treatment against you. It’s advisable to seek medical treatment within 72 hours of the accident.
Following Through With the Treatment Plan
Recovery after the accident should be your focus. Remember that even if you don’t immediately feel pain after the accident, your body could be masking that pain to help you through the shock.
If you see a doctor after the accident, then you have a better chance of getting the treatment you need as soon as possible. Follow your treatment plan from your doctor, nurse practitioner, physical therapist, or other healthcare providers. Take care of yourself first.
You should also follow your treatment plan to show the insurance company, and possibly the court, that the accident caused you to need medical intervention. By following through with your treatment plan, you’ll have a stronger case when it comes to seeking the compensation you need in your personal injury claim after a car accident.
Getting the Experienced Legal Guidance You Need
A car accident can affect your health and your financial security for years to come. Seek the compensation you need with the help of an experienced personal injury attorney. For nearly 20 years, Ronald E. Stutzman, Jr. has dedicated his career to helping his clients seek justice. The Stutzman Law Firm, PLLC serves clients in Flowood, Mississippi, as well as Brandon, Clinton, Pearl, Richland, and throughout Rankin County. Contact the firm today to schedule a free consultation.