By: Matthew Tievsky
Too many times in automobile collision cases, we receive calls from potential
clients who waited until days or even weeks after the collision to seek
medical treatment. Sometimes the reason is, "I thought I'd feel
better after a few days." Other times the reason is, "I wanted
to get the advice of a lawyer first." (Which is ironic, because our
first advice would always be, "get medical attention immediately!")
automobile collision is a crash between two hunks of metal weighing thousands of pounds. The
people inside the vehicles
aren't made of metal and aren't built to withstand crashes, so it's no
surprise that collisions often injure drivers and passengers. If you're
in any pain or discomfort, it's always wise, as a precautionary measure,
to go to the hospital to have yourself evaluated, even if you're not
immediately certain how seriously you've been injured. This is prudent
as a matter of health, in case immediate treatment will uncover and help
you treat an injury you might not be aware of.
It also may be important if you are forced to make a personal injury claim.
If you delay before obtaining medical treatment, then later make a claim
for personal injuries, the delay is often used by the insurance company
to suggest you were not hurt. They may ask: "If you were really hurt,
why didn't you go to the hospital right away?" Or, they may wonder
if some other intervening event was the "real" cause of your
injuries. Getting prompt treatment makes sense both as a way to protect
your health, and to leave a paper trail that will preserve your rights
in the event that you have to make a personal injury claim.
If you or anyone you know has been injured in a motor vehicle collision,
contact the personal injury attorneys at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel,
P.C., for a free consultation.