How Can a Delay in Treatment After an Accident Impact My Case?

injured victim waiting too long for medical careIf you have suffered an injury in an accident, seeking medical care is one of the most important things you can do. It may be tempting to delay treatment if you think your injuries are minor but doing so could hurt not only your health, but also your ability to recover fair and just compensation.

Greg Monforton & Partners is ready to review your situation in a free, no-obligation legal consultation. It costs nothing up front to retain our services after this meeting.

Injuries Could Get Worse, Making Treatment More Difficult

Delaying treatment could make an injury worse. Scar tissue may build up over time and certain injuries, such as a traumatic brain injury, may take days or weeks for symptoms to manifest. This is why it is in your best interest to see a doctor as soon as possible after an accident. An internal injury can become critical and life-threatening before it even becomes apparent.

Waiting too long for medical care could also result in a severe medical issue that could have been adequately diagnosed sooner rather than later. Getting treatment for a soft-tissue injury or traumatic brain injury can require extensive care. The faster help is sought, the greater chance of recovery.

One of our personal injury lawyers in Windsor is prepared to assist once you have obtained medical care and reached maximum medical improvement. We will have a greater understanding of the full extent of your injuries and the future care expenses you may need.

May Hurt a Potential Legal Case

If your injuries are serious enough, you may be able to pursue legal action against the negligent party that caused you harm. In personal injury cases, you must be able to prove that that the other party was negligent and his or her actions or inactions directly resulted in you suffering injuries and damages.

However, if you took too much time seeking medical care after your accident, a judge or jury may decide that this means that your injuries are not as severe as you say they are. The court may reduce the amount of compensation that would have been awarded to you.

Why Victims May Delay Medical Care

After an accident, a victim may delay getting medical care for several reasons. He or she may not be aware of the seriousness of the injury. A victim may assume that the symptoms he or she is experiencing will go away. Other victims may be hesitant to see a doctor because they think it will be too expensive. They could be holding onto hope that their condition will improve on its own.

A victim may even want to wait to see if the case will reach a settlement agreement before heading to trial. In some situations, a victim may not seek treatment at all for an injury if he or she believes the case will not be successful. This is why having an experienced lawyer by your side may be beneficial. He or she could improve your chances of securing a satisfactory recovery.

Do Not Wait to Get Help After an Accident

Receiving prompt treatment after an accident could help protect your well-being as well as improve your ability to recover compensation in a case. Our legal team has recovered $300 million in compensation on behalf of our clients, including $6.3 for a victim injured in a rear-end collision

Our initial consultations are 100 percent free and come with no obligation to hire our firm. We only get paid at the end of the legal process if we help obtain compensation for you.

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