The Importance of Medical Care When You’ve Been in a Car Accident

A car accident is a traumatic experience. Those involved are flooded with adrenaline, shocked and confused about what just happened. However, it is important to seek medical attention immediately, even if you think you’re fine. 

Because of the adrenaline rush and potential delayed symptoms that arise hours, days, or even weeks later, you may find that your recovery is delayed or worsened. In addition, the at-fault party’s insurance company may use your lack of immediate medical attention against you by saying your injury couldn’t have been bad because you didn’t go right away to a hospital.

Delayed Symptoms in a Car Accident

Delayed symptoms are not uncommon in a car collision. For example, symptoms of back trauma such as a herniated disk may initially appear as soreness and stiffness and progress as time goes on until it affects your quality of life. A traumatic brain injury may initially appear as a headache, which is common in a car accident, but instead of improving, it gets worse and worse. When you finally seek medical care, you may discover that you suffered a concussion, hemorrhage or other types of traumatic injury. By delaying medical care, the insurance company may infer that your injury was due to something else and refuse to pay.

Even if You Think You Weren’t Injured, Seeking Medical Attention Is a Good Idea

Even if the doctor examines you, it is better because it establishes that you were in a car accident and sought help. This can protect you legally if problems arise later due to your accident. Taking proactive steps in treating your injuries after a car accident, even a minor one, is always better for you than ignoring your symptoms.

Do I Need a Lawyer After Suffering a Car Accident Injury?

The experience of being in an auto accident is difficult enough. There is a possibility that you may suffer traumatic injuries that will alter the course of your life forever. Aside from expensive medical costs, you may have to deal with lost wages and the pain and suffering of your ordeal. 

In cases where someone else caused the accident and you did not, they can be held financially liable for their negligence. By enlisting the help of a New Orleans injury lawyer, you will have an advocate at your side to help you through your experience and negotiate on your behalf with the at-fault party’s insurance company to reach a successful outcome in your case.

Help Is Only a Phone Call Away at the Olinde Law Firm

The attorneys at the Olinde Law Firm always work hard to get you the compensation you deserve when you’ve been injured in a car accident. We understand you’ve been through a traumatic experience. It would help if you didn’t also have to bear the financial consequences of an accident caused by another’s negligence. 

Contact the Olinde Law Firm today at (800) 587-1889, and we would be happy to schedule a free case review, answer your questions and let you know how you can get compensation. We are here to take the financial burden from your shoulders so that you can concentrate on healing. You can also reach us online.