Don’t Undervalue Prompt Medical Attention After a Car Crash

December 10, 2012

Auto Accidents

injuries after a car accidentSometimes deciding to “wait-and see” is the best approach, but not if you are involved in a car accident. Waiting too long to get a medical examination after a car accident injury could seriously harm your chances of acquiring fair compensation months down the road in a auto accident injury claim.  Even a minor injury can worsen if prompt help is not sought and it may be more difficult to prove that injury’s link to the accident.  It could also affect the amount of monetary compensation you are able to recover for your injuries.

Your claim may appear less valid if you delay treatment because the opposing party could argue there was an “intervening cause” for your injury or they may suggest the injury is fictitious because it was not serious enough to warrant medical attention for several hours or days, whatever the case.

Here are some of the ways you could recover for your losses due to another’s negligence or recklessness in a car accident:

  • Payment of past, present and future bills for medical treatment
  • Recovery for lost future earning capacity due to injuries
  • Reimbursement for lost wages for missing work, going to the doctor, physical therapy, going to court
  • Repair/replacement of your vehicle, replacement of property damaged/destroyed in the accident including personal property inside your car
  • Out-of-pocket expenses such as towing fees
  • Reimbursement for the cost of hiring household help to do chores you can no longer perform
  • Damages for emotional distress resulting from the accident
  • Recovery for permanent disability from the accident

If you believe that you may have been injured in an accident, ask at the scene to be transported to the emergency room.  Give medical personnel the necessary information, but let them diagnose the severity of your injuries.

The services of an Ohio attorney may also be required to prove to another driver’s insurer that its policyholder caused the auto accident.  To prove the other driver is at fault you will have to show the traffic laws in the accident scenario, that the other driver disobeyed these laws and that this driver’s action or actions (and in some cases, inaction) caused the accident and caused harm to you and/or damage to your vehicle.

It takes time, expertise and knowledge of the law to prove your case against the other driver.  Therefore, it is important to act promptly after an auto accident injury to report the collision to police, to contact emergency services, and to notify all applicable insurance carriers.

Remember do not respond to questions from the opposing party’s insurance carrier.  The information you give could come back to haunt you at the settlement table or on the witness stand.

An Ohio auto accident injury lawyer will assist you with understanding your rights and options and how to best protect your legal interests as a victim.  He or she can highlight the strengths and weaknesses of your case and define the timeline for your case whether it progresses as negotiation or litigation.

An auto accident attorney will represent you in the courtroom and can assess the bases for your recovery and probable damages stemming from your car accident injury claim.  The auto accident lawyers at Slater & Zurz LLP would like to help you with any accident injury claims you may have.

Bring them documentation of any medical treatment you received at the scene or thereafter and any records of return visits to doctors or therapists.  If you missed time from work, had your car towed and/or had to rent a vehicle, bring those receipts, too.

If you visited a physician who prescribed more than two weeks of physical therapy; if you have a broken bone, scar(s) or permanent injury from a car accident injury; or if you missed work due to a car wreck injury, you should consult with a professional to see if compensation is due to you.

Call our law firm at 1-888-534-4850 to discuss your case or leave a description of what happened to you in the accident on our website at www.slaterzurz.comYou will find a FREE CASE REVIEW to fill out in the upper right hand corner of the webpage.

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