If you believe that you may have been injured following a car accident, it is always imperative to see a doctor as soon as possible, even if you are not experiencing any immediate symptoms. Sometimes, symptoms may not appear until hours or even days after an accident, but waiting too long to receive medical attention may not only make injuries more difficult to treat, but could also make it more difficult to receive compensation for your damages. The longer someone waits to seek medical care, the more difficult it will be to prove that any injuries were caused by the accident rather than some other cause.
Length of Treatment
In most cases, injuries sustained in an auto accident are diagnosed and treated, and the patient is released from care within a few days or weeks. With more serious injuries, treatment may continue for months or even years. During that time, an injured person may be out of work and worried about supporting family or paying for medical expenses. It may be tempting to accept a premature settlement, but that would be unwise. Once a settlement has been accepted, any future medical treatment or other damages will not be covered. It is important to continue treatment until released by a doctor, or until a doctor has determined that the injuries, as well as the future need for medical care, will be long-term or permanent. It is never advisable to discontinue treatment without consulting with both your doctor and attorney.
Long Term Medical Care and Personal Injury Settlements
If you need long term medical care after an accident, it is usually possible to receive ongoing payments for medical expenses before a final settlement is reached. Payment for lost wages may also be available. Your personal injury attorney will help identify all possible sources of compensation and arrange for any compensation for medical treatment or lost wages.
If a doctor determines that an injury is likely to be long-term or permanent, a settlement can be arranged that takes into account the cost of future medical care, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
New York Accident Lawyers
If you are injured in an accident, do not wait to seek medical or legal advice. Your chances of receiving full compensation for your injuries will be greater if you talk to a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after the accident. At The O’Brien Firm, we concentrate our practice on representing injured people. We will help identify and preserve important evidence, collect necessary medical records, and work with insurance companies to get compensation for medical bills and lost wages while your case is pending. Once your treatment is completed or the extent of any long-term or permanent injury is known, we will work to get a fair settlement or take your case to court if necessary. You can arrange a free consultation by calling us at 716-907-7777. For more information about our firm and our personal injury experts, visit our website here.