What To Do When You’re In An Accident
If you are injured in an accident, whether it is a car accident or a slip/trip and fall, it is important to report all injuries, symptoms, and complaints to your treating doctors every time you see them.
Many people will only notify their doctors of their worst or most painful symptoms or problems. Some people do not want to sound like a complainer or a crybaby and will downplay their pain or problems to their doctors. Doing one or both of these things will only serve to hurt your recovery and your claim. If your doctor does not know that something is hurting or bothering you, they cannot diagnose and treat that injury.
The longer an injury goes undiagnosed and untreated, the harder it is for that injury to heal. Failing to report all injuries or symptoms can also hurt your claim by creating a gap in time between the accident and the initial complaint of injury.
For example, if you hurt your neck and your knee in an accident, but only report your neck pain for the 1st month following the accident; it becomes very difficult to prove that your knee pain is related to the accident when it wasn’t reported for a month. An insurance company will argue that if your knee was injured in the accident, you would have complained about it in the days following the accident.
In this example, you have made your claim more difficult by “not being a complainer” or only reporting your worst injury. That is why it is important to report all injuries, no matter how minor, when you see your doctor.
You can always tell your doctor when something is not hurting or bothering you anymore. It is much harder to report pain or problems weeks or months after an accident, and have the doctor and/or the insurance company relate them to the accident.
If you or a loved one is injured in an accident, Boca Raton car accident attorneys contact Glotzer & Kobren, P.A. at 561-300-6900 to discuss your rights. Serving Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Deerfield Beach & throughout Florida.