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Even if you didn’t suffer a serious or catastrophic injury in a recent car accident, it is still a good idea to seek medical attention as soon as possible. While it is not uncommon for accident victims to “tough it out” and let time be the ultimate healer, if you avoid going to the doctor following a collision, you could very well jeopardize your auto insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit. 

The following are a few reasons why you need to seek immediate medical care after a crash: 

  • You may not be aware of any apparent injuries – Car accidents generally take people by surprise. The overall shock and trauma of the collision may cause adrenaline and endorphins to course throughout your body, which is why you feel extremely energized afterward. However, this energy can also mask the pain of any injuries. So, even though you may feel fine right after the accident, you may not actually be fine at all. A doctor can determine the full extent of your injuries and provide the proper treatment for recovery. 

  • Your medical record is an important piece of evidence in your case – When you visit your doctor, you start a vital paper trail that details the seriousness of your injuries and demonstrates you took every precaution to obtain treatment for any potential injuries suffered from the crash. Ensure all medical records contain accurate information and have your doctor correct any errors. 

  • The insurance company may deny your claim or offer a reduced offer – If you delay treatment, the defendant or their insurer may question the severity of your injuries. They may claim your injury was caused by a pre-existing condition or you fabricated the entire condition and then either offer a low settlement or deny your entire claim. Visiting your doctor will validate your claim and protect you against unfounded claims by the at-fault party and their insurance company. 

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in Hartford, CT, contact Zayas Law Firm today at (860) 854-9156 for a free consultation. Get nearly five decades of combined legal experience on your side! 

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