Accident injuries can be sneaky things. They should not be evaluated by you or anyone other than a qualified physician. All too often victims of accidents in Detroit come to our office seeking help when injury symptoms manifested days or even a week after the accident but they never sought medical attention at the time of the accident. This makes it very difficult to build a case that will secure the insurance benefits and compensation these clients need to deal with their injuries.
The Michigan personal injury lawyers at Sachs Waldman, P.C. have seen a wide variety of reasons for which people decide not to get medical attention after an accident. The biggest reason is that they don’t think they’re injured or the only injuries they see are just bruises or scrapes. They’re embarrassed to go to the hospital for such seemingly minor or apparently non-existent injuries. But anyone who’s been in a car accident needs to get medical attention immediately after the accident. Injuries or a lack of injuries should only be diagnosed by medical professionals. Here’s why:
Even serious injuries may not be apparent for hours, days or even weeks after an accident
Adrenaline and endorphins often mask pain and discomfort in the hours immediately after an accident and injuries may not be obvious. Or they may begin with just minor discomfort and seem insignificant. But the next day you can wake up in serious agony. Head trauma and spinal injuries can lay dormant or go unnoticed for days or weeks until the pain becomes too great. Proper diagnosis can’t be done by you or non-medical personnel at the scene of an accident. Get checked out at a hospital as soon as you can after an accident.
Accident injuries do not always have obvious causes
A traumatic impact or jolt is not always necessary for an injury to occur. There have been cases of accident victims suffering carpel tunnel syndrome in their wrists because they gripped the steering wheel too tightly during the crash. These sorts of injuries often don’t get connected to the accident until very late because the victim didn’t strike anything with her wrists and doesn’t realize the crash is the source of her pain. Similarly, back injuries, spinal injuries and head injuries don’t always have obvious causes.
Immediate diagnosis solidly connects injuries to accident
Whenever possible, insurance companies and defense lawyers will try to blame a victim’s accident injuries on something other than the crash. If they are successful, the victim gets no benefits or compensation for their injuries. The longer the space of time between an accident and the first time a victim sees a doctor, the greater chance insurance companies or defense attorneys will successfully refute an injury claim.
Immediate treatment of accident injuries often means faster healing and recovery
The longer an injury goes without treatment the more severe it can become and often it takes longer for these injuries to heal. Accident injuries left untreated too long can also result in chronic pain or permanent disability.
Failure to get immediate treatment may diminish seriousness of injuries in the eyes of a court or jury
Our Michigan personal injury lawyers have found that injuries from accidents in Detroit that go untreated for a time are likely to receive less than the optimal benefits and compensation because the defense is able to make a case that the injuries are not as bad as the accident victim claims. Courts and juries are prone to think the victim contributed to the seriousness of the injury by not getting treatment right away.
If you’ve been in an accident in Detroit, Michigan, the personal injury lawyers at Sachs Waldman, P.C., have the experience and skill to combat the arguments of insurance companies and defense lawyers and get you the benefits and compensation you deserve – even if you delayed getting medical treatment for your accident injuries. Call our Detroit office at 1-800-638-6722 to schedule a free consultation.