Any accident is a traumatic experience and when we go through trauma it can be very easy to have our brain lose its logical and methodical abilities, it's understandable. However, sometimes a loss of rationale can hurt you in the end when it comes to defense attorneys and insurance companies. Let's explore how you should react to the need for medical treatment after an accident.
Don't Confuse Your Good Intentions
It is human nature to want to possibly admit fault if you are in an accident, common phrases like "it was my fault" even if it wasn't are very common. However, this can come around and plague you when it comes to the legal process, insurance companies and defense attorneys will use this as an excuse to claim you were admitting fault.
Another mistake you can make is refusing medical treatment. A lot of times when we have just experienced a traumatic event, our adrenaline is surging and this can come with a pain-blocking element to it. This pain-blocking can lead you to think that you don't need any treatment. This can be a mistake when it comes to filing claims later when injuries do eventually set in.
First off, as mentioned above, adrenaline causes the brain to tighten its focus on only a few emergency related issues at the time, and pain and injuries usually go unnoticed. However, this does not mean that they aren't there and in need of treatment. It is in your best interest for your health and safety to get checked out immediately as medical treatment is most effective as soon as possible, you are not a medical expert and need consultation as soon as possible.
When it comes to the legal side of things, there is another list of potential consequences, mostly in terms of the defense attorney's case. They will make claims such as "the accident didn't cause your injuries" or you had pre-existing conditions. This can greatly impede your ability to win your claims in court, so it is another reason to get treatment immediately after the accident.
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