Should I go to the doctor if I’m only “a little sore?”
An accident is a traumatic event. Whether you were in a car collision or a slip and fall incident doesn’t matter. You will likely feel the after effects of the occurrence for some time. A lawsuit may be the last thing on your mind after you have gone through any tragedy. However, it is important that you ensure that you are medically sound, even if you only feel just a bit shaken. A personal injury lawyer can help.
Be Careful Because The Shock May Mask Damages
It is likely that you will have a few bumps and bruises after even a minor incident. While this is to be expected, how can you rule out that it is not something serious? Did you know that it can take days or even weeks for the full range of your damages to be known? This is because your body is working in high gear to protect you. Your adrenaline starts pumping and sending endorphins through your blood to assist in these traumatic times. Those endorphins can mask the true pain and damages that have occurred.
Get Checked Within 24 Hours By Medical Professionals
Common problems after an accident are soft tissue damages or whiplash. You may need ongoing chiropractic care or therapy to assist you. Your neck may feel a little sore after the accident, but give it a couple days and you will really be feeling the pain. It is always safe to err on the side of caution. If you were in a car accident, then they will ask you if you need medical care at the scene. Go ahead and get checked out! What is it going to hurt? The least they can do is say that they find nothing and everything looks well. Remember, medics on the side of the road do not have the equipment to give you a clean bill of health. If they feel that something is wrong, they will take you to the emergency room.
How The Medical Report Becomes Important In A Lawsuit
If your injuries were more on the serious side, and you waited to go to the doctor, then it could all be used against you. For instance, let’s assume that you had damages and you could not work for 4-6 weeks afterward. You may have felt okay after the accident, but the other side may use you failing to get medical attention as a sign that you were fine.
In a lawsuit, the other parties will use anything they can to try to discredit your claim. Of course, the more severe the injuries the harder it is to debunk. However, even with something as minor as some soft tissue damages, you can be in severe pain. You must arm yourself with documentation to ensure that you have a solid case.
Getting A Lawyer
You need a personal injury attorney after you have been in any kind of accident. Attorneys that specialize in these cases can guide you through the steps needed for a successful outcome. To file a lawsuit, you must have negligence on the other party’s side, injuries that have interrupted your life in some capacity, and medical bills. The burden of proof is on you. The medical reports are documentation that is necessary to proceed in any legal battle.
Many people do not want to mess with a lawsuit or the long, drawn-out battle that they can be. However, not all cases are difficult. When you have everything you need to successfully prove that you were injured due to the other party’s negligence, things can go quite smoothly.
The Process of Getting Compensation
Once you have completed your treatment, we can act. We start by gathering all the documentation from the incident. This includes police and medical reports. Then, we send a demand letter to the insurance company asking for compensation. Typically, from this point, negotiations ensue. If we are unable to agree on an amount, then we head to court. However, the power of your documentation makes or breaks a case.
So, even if you just feel a little sore after an accident, make sure that you are evaluated by a medical expert. The first 24 hours are usually the most forth telling about any damages you have. You may not want a lawsuit, but getting the proof, just protects you and leaves the door open, should you need to act. A personal injury law firm can help during this difficult time.