Don't wait to seek medical treatment after a car accident.

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A common mistake that I see in my practice occurs when a someone has been in a car accident, and has clearly suffered injuries, but they do not immediately seek medical treatment. This can cause problems for several reasons reasons.

First, although you may think that your injury is not all that bad right after an accident, medical research shows that your heightened adrenaline levels, and other factors can mask your symptoms and make it seem that your injuries are not as severe as they actually are. I you feel that you suffered an injury in car accident, you should seek immediate medical attention. Not only will this allow you to get an opinion from a medical doctor as to the nature and extent of your injuries, but if there is something wrong that you are not aware of you'll be able to obtain medical treatment and start getting better right away. Of course, If you do not feel that you are injured, there's no need to see a medical doctor. But if you have any aches and pains shortly after an accident, this might be an indication that you have been injured i, and you should not delay in seeking medical treatment.

There is another reason that you should to seek immediate medical treatment if you think you may have been injured in a car accident. Insurance companies these days use computer algorithms and programs to determine the value of a personal injury insurance claim. An important factor in determining the value of your claim is the length of time between the accident and when you first sought medical treatment. A gap in time, even as little as a few days, can negatively impact the value of your personal injury claim. Don't let the insurance companies play games and say that you weren't really hurts because you waited a few days or, or even weeks, to “tough it out” because you thought you might get better on your own.  Seek medical attention right away.

If you have any questions about this, or wish to discuss your personal injury claim with an experienced personal injury attorney give us a call at 725-867-8495.

Thomas Askeroth