After an accident, tell your doctors of your injuries RIGHT AWAY!!! Don’t wait! The longer you wait, the more like it is the other party will doubt your claim for injury. It’s NOT the time to “tough it out” or “see how you feel in a few days.” Right now, I have a client with a torn rotator cuff who is being raked across the coals by the insurance company because he waited 2 weeks to mention the pain to anyone!
By the same token, if you are not injured, and you are certain that you are ok, then there is no need to involved a medical evaluation. However, if you are indeed hurt after an automobile accident, this is not the time to be brave. Your bravery can come back to haunt you. Therefore, at the very least, go get examined by a doctor and make sure you don’t have any serious injuries. I’ve had clients postpone their care only to find they actually had a serious injury. Try convincing an insurance adjuster that you didn’t discover the injury until weeks later and that it is indeed related to the accident. Your delay only serves to hurt you.
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by Robert Mansour
Robert Mansour is a personal injury lawyer serving Santa Clarita, Valencia, Saugus, Canyon Country, Newhall, Stevenson Ranch, Castaic and surrounding communities.