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Why You Should Seek Medical
Attention After a Car Accident

Caleb Bland Law, PLLC April 23, 2022

According to the Kentucky Traffic Collision Facts Book, there were 119,449 total reported traffic collisions statewide in 2020. When a car accident occurs on Kentucky roads, victims often suffer minor to serious bodily injuries. In extreme cases, such an injury may leave you hospitalized or unable to work. However, regardless of the nature and severity of your injuries, it is crucial that you get adequate medical attention for your health and well-being—and for your insurance claim.

At Caleb Bland Law, PLLC, we're dedicated to offering knowledgeable legal guidance and compassionate representation to clients who have experienced auto accidents. Our skilled Kentucky personal injury attorney can enlighten you about the benefits of seeking medical treatment after a car accident, help you file your insurance claims, and pursue the fair financial compensation you deserve. We're proud to serve clients across Elizabethtown, Shepherdsville, Radcliff, Louisville, Grayson County, and the rest of Kentucky.

Common Injuries After an Accident

A car accident may cause minor or severe injuries to the passengers, driver, or other road users involved in the traffic crash. Below are some common injuries after an auto accident:

  • Traumatic brain injuries

  • Herniated discs

  • Soft tissue injuries

  • Head injuries

  • Internal bleeding

  • Scrapes and cuts

  • Broken arms, hips, legs, and shoulders

  • Bruising

  • Arm and leg injuries

  • Concussions

  • Whiplash

  • Back or neck injuries

  • Knee trauma

  • Chest injuries

  • Broken ribs

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

When involved in a motor vehicle accident, your health, safety, and general wellbeing must be your priority. You need to seek immediate medical treatment, even if you think you feel fine.

Reasons to Seek Immediate Medical Attention

A traffic collision may cause an injury or trauma and can change the trajectory of your life. Surprisingly, many accident victims delay or fail to seek medical attention because they believe they're fine or not injured. Regardless of your condition after the incident, getting adequate medical help is important due to the following reasons:

For Your Own Safety and Well-being

If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, your overall safety, health, and well-being must be your main concern. Even if you think you weren't injured or your injuries are minimal, you still need to seek out medical attention. Sometimes, injuries and symptoms may not appear immediately. It may take several days or weeks for your injuries to fully manifest. Plus, the earlier you seek medical treatment, the quicker you might recover.

For Proper Documentation of Your Injuries

Furthermore, it is crucial to seek immediate medical treatment for proper documentation of your injuries. Doctor's appointments, medical records, and other documents can record the magnitude of your injuries, as well as the healthcare treatments and procedures received. This information will constitute an essential part of the documentation for your insurance claim.

Compliance With Insurance Requirements

In Kentucky, many insurance carriers have policies that indicate a required period of time for injured victims to seek medical attention in order to be eligible to receive financial compensation. Hence, you must visit the hospital or medical facility following the accident in order to comply with insurance requirements.

Avoid Potential Issues With the Insurance Provider

Additionally, insurers expect policyholders to notify them when injured in an accident as soon as possible. When you file a personal injury claim, the insurance provider may use your decision to skip or delay getting medical treatment as evidence that you weren't really injured, your injuries were exaggerated, or you sustained those injuries from an unconnected incident. Thus, the insurance provider may deny or undervalue your injury claim.

Following Through With the Treatment Plan

As you seek adequate medical treatment after the auto accident, you must also follow through with your treatment plan. Your doctor may recommend an individualized treatment plan, including regular checkups, prescription medication, physical therapy, or other treatments. If you follow through with the treatment plan, you are likely to recover faster. This will ultimately assist with your insurance claim.

For example, if you missed the doctor's appointments or failed to attend your physical therapy sessions, the insurance provider might argue that you missed them because your injuries aren't actually serious. Consequently, they may refuse to cover the cost of therapy or treatment associated. In addition, the insurance provider may argue that your health condition worsened because you failed to follow through with the treatment plan. This may be used to undervalue or deny your claim.

Getting the Experienced Legal Guidance You Need

Being in any kind of accident can be devastating. Regardless of the magnitude of your injuries, seeking medical attention is imperative for your health and safety, for proper documentation, and to avoid possible issues with the insurance carrier when filing your injury claim. An experienced personal injury attorney can explore your legal options to recover damages and help pursue the financial justice you deserve.

At Caleb Bland Law, PLLC, our attorneys have devoted their careers to handling personal injury cases and advocating for the best interests of auto accident victims. As your legal counsel, we will evaluate and investigate every aspect of your unique circumstances, gather necessary documentation, and help you move forward with confidence.

Do not delay seeking medical treatment after a traffic crash. Contact Caleb Bland Law, PLLC today to schedule a simple case evaluation with experienced an car accident attorney. Our skilled legal team can offer you the knowledgeable counsel and reliable representation you deserve. We're proud to serve clients across Elizabethtown, Kentucky, as well as Shepherdsville, Bardstown, Radcliff, Louisville, Hodgenville, Jefferson County, Nelson County, LaRue County, and the rest of the state.