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Why Should You Get a Prompt Medical Examination After an Accident?

One of the most important things you can do after you have been in a serious accident is to seek prompt medical attention for any injuries you have. This is true regardless of whether you are experiencing any pain, or if you have any obvious wounds. Here are just a few reasons why getting a prompt medical examination is a good idea:

  • You may have injuries you are not aware of
    • It may seem ridiculous to many people that someone might have a serious injury and not realize it, but this scenario is actually much more common than most people realize. It is entirely possible for people to suffer from whiplash, muscle strain, broken bones, or even spinal injuries without realizing it. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are particularly notorious for going undetected for months, or even years, after the accident that caused them.
  • Some injuries do not become apparent until long after the accident
    • One reason it can be so hard to detect certain injuries is that they may not display symptoms until long after the accident. A bone that suffers a microfracture, for example, may seem fine until it is put under sufficient stress to cause a full break, and a strained muscle can become torn if overused. A medical examination can detect these hidden injuries before they become a much more serious problem.
  • You may suffer additional complications by delaying
    • Some people put off getting a medical examination after an accident because they are afraid of the expense of going to the doctor. However, the longer injuries from an accident go untreated, the more likely it is that they will develop complications, such as secondary infections. Getting treated promptly can help avoid these problems and protect you from a potential worst case scenario.
  • You need medical evidence to prove your injuries
    • Aside from the medical reasons to get a prompt medical examination, there is also the legal side of your accident. When you are looking to negotiate with an insurer over your injuries, or when you are trying to prove your injuries in court, medical evidence is crucial. Without a full medical examination soon after the accident, you may not be able to recover everything you would normally be owed.
  • The longer you wait, the less reliable your evidence is
    • As a general rule, insurers prefer medical examinations to occur within 48 hours of your accident. Much longer than that, and they will try to claim your injuries were the result of something else, rather than your accident. This will help them to reduce the amount they are willing to settle for, and hurts your chances at a successful outcome to your case.

If you or a loved one have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you should seek out the personal injury lawyers at Zlotolow & Associates. Our seasoned New York personal injury attorneys bring more than two decades of trial experience to your case. We serve all five boroughs of New York City, as well as Nassau and Suffolk County. Our aggressive personal injury attorneys always demand maximum compensation. We have helped thousands of clients recover through settlements and courtroom verdicts. To schedule a consultation, you can call us at 866-800-0092, or you can visit our contact page.