If You Feel Fine After The Accident But A Week Or Month Later, You Start Feeling Pain, Will That Be Too Long?
Waiting too long to seek medical treatment can have an adverse effect on your case. Typically, the more serious the injury, the more obvious it is. Sometimes, injuries are not serious, there is nothing broken. There is no blood spilled out on the pavement. Since adrenaline is running through your body, oftentimes you feel fine at the time of the accident. In that case, you may report to the police officer that you are not injured, but sometimes the pain will appear later in the day or the next morning. As soon as this pain becomes apparent to you, it is important to go and seek medical treatment for two reasons. One is to document that you did have pain following the accident, but more importantly, to get the necessary treatment in order to help begin the healing process.
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How Long Is Too Long To Affect Your Case?
There is really no answer to ‘how long is too long’? The longer you wait to seek medical treatment, the more opportunities an insurance company would have to argue that your injuries were not related to the wreck. When there is a gap between the time of wreck and your medical treatment the insurance company will argue that something may have happened between the time of the wreck and the time you receive medical treatment that caused you pain or an independent event that caused your injury. As a result, causation becomes a problem the further out from the date of the injury or the date of the wreck before you seek medical treatment.
It is important to go and seek medical treatment as soon as you are aware or know that you have suffered some type of injury. Injuries typically do not go away. They do need some type of treatment, whether it is getting physical therapy, hot packs, cold packs, or chiropractic adjustments. Typically, soft tissue injuries need medical treatment and that needs to be done as soon as possible. Self-diagnosis and self-medicating are never advised. If you need help getting medical treatment, our attorneys can assist you in finding the right medical provider to help you get the medical attention you need.