When you are involved in a car accident, the aftermath can be overwhelming. Even if you believe you are not seriously injured, you need to be checked by a physician. Too many people believe that the minor aches and pains they feel after a car accident are “normal.” However, those aches and pains continue and become worse over time. Before long, those same aches and pains that were “normal” begin to disrupt daily living. It is at this point that the person might go to the doctor to complain about aches and pains interfering with his or her ability to work or perform daily tasks.
Unfortunately, when you go to the doctor weeks or months after a car crash, you have not only jeopardized your health, but you have also jeopardized your ability to recover 100 percent of the compensation you deserve for your damages, injuries, and losses. For your health and to protect your right to recover money for your accident claim, we urge you to seek medical care immediately after an accident, regardless of the severity of the accident or your beliefs about the severity of your injuries.
How Can I Be Denied a Claim for a Delay in Medical Care?
Insurance companies are always searching for ways to deny or underpay a valid accident claim. These companies are in business to make a profit; therefore, they want to collect your insurance premiums much more than they want to pay accident claims.
By failing to seek medical attention after a car accident, you give the insurance adjuster several arguments he can use to justify a denial of your claim or a lower payment for your claim.
Failing to seek or delaying to seek medical treatment after any traffic accident can result in the insurance company alleging:
- You were not injured in the crash. The adjuster could argue that a reasonable person who had been injured in a car accident would seek medical care. Since you did not seek medical care, you must not have been injured.
- The injury was not as serious as you claim. If the injuries you sustained in the collision were severe, you would have sought medical care immediately after the crash instead of weeks or months later.
- Something other than the crash caused your accident. In other words, you were injured or became ill after the crash, but now you want to claim it was the wreck that caused your injury so that you collect money from the insurance company.
- The only reason you are seeking treatment now is to build a case. You do not need the treatment, but you know if you do not get the treatment you cannot recover money for a claim.
As experienced Fresno car accident attorneys, we fight these allegations to help you recover the money you deserve for your injury claim. However, you can help us avoid these types of issues in your case by seeking immediate medical attention after your traffic accident.
Call Torem & Associates For a Free Consultation
If you have been injured in a traffic accident, please see a doctor and then call our office for a free case evaluation with an experienced Fresno personal injury lawyer.
You can reach our office by calling (559) 500-5000 or 1-800-954-4444 or by using the contact form on our website.
In addition to our Los Angeles office, we have offices at 3649 W. Beechwood Ave., #104, Fresno, CA 93711 and 4557 Quail Lakes Drive, Stockton, CA 95207 for your convenience.