If you’re hurt in an accident, the most obvious course of action is to get medical treatment. But seeking medical treatment after a car accident has implications that go beyond just your physical health. People get pressure from their attorney to get treatment, even though their attorney may not disclose that often medical treatment from an accident isn’t covered by health insurance, and your legal settlement may depend on the treatment you get.
In this article, Mighty helps you think about medical treatment in the context of a personal injury accident. Here are the 5 things you need to know:
- The most obvious of them all, but worth saying over and over again: Get immediate medical attention when you need it and never get treatment if you don’t. Follow your own body and what your trusted doctor tells you. If you do nothing but follow this one piece of advice, you’ll have a much better chance of feeling better after your car accident.
- Don’t let your personal injury lawyer tell you whether you’re hurt or how you should feel. Personal injury lawyers make more money the more treatment you obtain. It’s in their financial interests to make sure you get more medical treatment, unfortunately, sometimes even if you don’t need it.
- Right after an accident, it’s natural to be overwhelmed and not realize the extent of your car accident injuries. Sometimes injuries aren’t felt for a few days after an accident. Even still, it’s really important you have a record of your injuries, when you started feeling them come on, and who you saw to help you with them. These records are critical in helping prove that you actually had car accident injuries.
- If you do go to a doctor, make sure you tell them you were in an auto accident. They may document more information in your file, have special instructions to follow with your insurance, if you have it, or otherwise can help you figure out whether you should see a specialist.
- Don’t get medical treatment you don’t need. Some PI law firms send all off their clients to get an MRI, even when not medically necessary. Ultimately, you’ll likely have to pay these bills out of your settlement, so only get the treatment your doctor says you need. If your car accident lawyer tells you getting a treatment will be “good for your case” you should not only defer to your doctor instead, but also probably run towards the door.
Auto Accident Injuries Can Show Up Late
As mentioned before, sometimes injuries from car accidents may not show up right away. Two common examples of these types of injuries are tissue damage and concussions.
Signs and symptoms you should look out for:
- Difficulty balancing
- Blurry eyesight
- Feeling lightheaded
- Feeling nauseous
- Feeling tired even after sleeping
- Struggling to remember things
- Having a foggy brain
- Low energy levels
It's important to remember that if you experience any of these symptoms or any other serious injuries after a car accident, you should see a doctor as soon as possible, ideally within 72 hours of the accident. Don't take any chances with your health.
Moving Forward After an Accident
Being able to move forward with your life after an accident is as much about getting the medical care you need after an auto accident as it is getting compensation for your pain and suffering and other out-of-pocket expenses. If you ask most people who have been injured, they want to get better. We hope this article has helped you know what to prioritize (and not) with regard to your medical care.
If you've been involved in an accident and are seeking legal support and representation, head over to Mighty's Accident Attorney Directory to find a trusted attorney in your area today.
Written ByMaly Ohrenschall
VP of Customer Experience
About the author
Maly is a seasoned professional with over 15 years of experience in the insurance sector, specializing in multi-line claims and customer service for personal injury cases. As the leader of Mighty’s Client Experience team, she leverages her extensive background to ensure clients involved in auto accidents receive the highest level of care and support. Maly’s expertise plays a crucial role in delivering exceptional service and fostering long-lasting client relationships.
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