Proving Injuries After An Auto Accident
It can be challenging to prove injuries that result from an auto accident, particularly those injuries that do not present immediate symptoms. If you’ve been in an accident, even if you think you are uninjured, you should seek a full medical evaluation.
As soon as you are able to, you should start documenting your injuries. When you accept emergency medical care, this will begin that process. You may want to refuse treatment, but doing so could cost you later. Even if you feel alright, accept medical treatment at the scene of the accident.
Keep in mind that even small pains can be a sign of a serious problem. A minor headache may turn out to be a traumatic brain injury, and a mild discomfort in your back could turn out to be a herniated disc. You should always take minor aches and pains seriously after an accident.
Also remember that to refuse treatment could cause your injuries to become worse and that insurance companies will consider whether or not an ambulance transported you to the hospital. To refuse the ambulance can raise questions about the causal link between the accident and the injuries that you are claiming.
Seek Medical Care
Even if you do not accept emergency care at the scene of the accident, you should still get a full medical evaluation as soon as you can after an auto accident. If you have been seen in the emergency room, follow up with your doctor or any referrals that you are given.
If you did not go to the emergency room, then you should simply make an appointment with your doctor. However, if you cannot be seen right away, you should go to an urgent care clinic.
Listen to the Doctor
If you do not follow the treatment advice of the doctor, then you will find it hard to prove your injuries in court. For example, if the doctor recommends physical therapy, you should not miss an appointment. If you are not supposed to work, then you should not work. The insurance company will raise doubts about the severity of your injuries if you fail to follow medical advice.
Stick with Treatment
Whatever the treatment plan advised by your physician to treat your injuries, you should follow it and stick with it, however long it takes.
It may take a long time before you are finished with the regular appointments, but gaps in treatment will also raise questions about the legitimacy and severity of your injuries when you must prove them in court.
Maintain Detailed Records
You should maintain thorough and detailed records after an auto accident, including your bills from doctors and hospitals, receipts for your prescriptions, invoices form specialists, etc. All of these records are going to be valuable in proving your personal injury claim.