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Do I Need Medical Attention After A Car Accident?

If you’ve been injured in West Virginia, our attorneys can help

When people are involved in a car accident, they can suffer serious injuries. It’s important for them to get medical care as soon as possible, especially if the injuries are life-threatening. Even more minor injuries need medical attention, but many people may not want to see a doctor. They may think their injuries aren’t bad and there’s not much a doctor can do.

The experienced car accident attorneys at Klie Law Offices understand the importance of getting medical attention for clients who have been in a crash. Most importantly, it helps protect their health. It can also help them recover compensation if a negligent driver caused the accident that left them hurt.

Following a car accident, you may think you’re not hurt. But you may have wrist or back pain, or feel a mild pain in the chest, stomach, hip, knee or shoulder. You may have a headache or feel pain in a soft tissue area of the body. You may think it’s not worth seeing a doctor or feel that it will take too much time.

Do I need medical attention after a car accident?

You should always get medical attention after being involved in a crash, no matter how you feel. You can see your own doctor or visit the ER of a local hospital. There are several reasons why this is a good idea:

  • Some injuries may have no immediate symptoms, such as concussions and internal injuries.
  • Your health could get worse the longer you wait.
  • It’s important to get a proper diagnosis and prompt treatment for any injuries you do have.
  • If you are injured but wait too long to see a doctor, the insurance company will use that information against you. They will argue it is evidence that your injuries weren’t that bad – or that you weren’t injured at all.
  • A doctor can document your injuries. This documentation can help when you seek financial compensation for your accident.

A doctor can diagnose and treat your injuries. Diagnosis may involve X-rays, CT scans, MRIs and other tests. Treatment will depend on the type and extent of the injury. It may involve surgery, hospitalization, medication, physical therapy and follow-up appointments with doctors, chiropractors or specialists. There will likely be a long period of rest while you recover.

Who pays for medical treatment after a car accident?

Medical expenses can add up quickly if you’ve been injured in a crash. You may wonder how you will be able to pay these bills, especially if you are unable to work because of your injuries. If a negligent driver caused your accident, you shouldn’t have to pay.

Negligent drivers can cause accidents by speeding or being reckless on the road. Some were texting or talking on the phone. Others get behind the wheel after drinking or using drugs. Some were fatigued and started to fall asleep.

But holding negligent drivers accountable can be challenging. Negligent drivers often refuse to accept responsibility for causing a crash and deny doing anything wrong. They may even try to put the blame on you.

Insurance companies are supposed to help when someone has been injured. But they try to pay as little as possible to boost their bottom line. They may question the seriousness of your injuries or argue they were pre-existing. One tactic they use to save money is to offer you a settlement – one that falls far short of covering all of the damages you suffered.

An experienced attorney can fight for your rights

That’s why you need an experienced car accident attorney to fight for you. At Klie Law Offices, we investigate your crash. We know where to look for evidence that the other driver was negligent. Our legal team carefully reviews accident reports and medical records and interviews witnesses. If needed, we consult accident reconstruction experts.

Getting medical attention after your crash gives you documented evidence of your injuries and the treatment that was required. This helps us determine the total damages you have suffered so we can demand the right amount of compensation.

Our experienced attorneys are determined to help you get the financial compensation you need and deserve after being injured. We build strong cases that insurance companies have to take seriously. Many times, we are able to negotiate a settlement that meets your needs. But we will also fight for you in court if that’s what it takes.

If you’ve been involved in a West Virginia car accident, get medical attention as soon as possible. Then get trusted legal advice from an experienced lawyer to discuss your options. Contact us today to schedule a free case evaluation.

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