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Why You Should Seek Immediate Medical Care After An Auto Accident In Florida

Not every auto accident will cause immediate and noticeable injuries. In many cases, soft tissue injuries and even minor bone breaks can be hidden at first, only coming to light the next day or a couple of days later when the pain really begins to set in. The reason for this is simple – adrenaline is a natural pain reliever, and most drivers or passengers will be feeling plenty of it in the immediate aftermath of an auto accident. While you may not notice the adrenaline rush, your pain will be dulled for quite some time until your hormone levels go back to normal and you begin to feel the pain in full force.

Because not all injuries are immediately apparent, many opt out of seeking medical attention after what they believe is a “minor” accident. What they find later on is that they do have injuries, and it may be more difficult to seek compensation for these injuries due to their choice to skip out on medical care. There are a few reasons why you should seek immediate care in the aftermath of a Florida auto accident, and the top 3 are:

• You could injure yourself worse – If you have a soft tissue injury, for instance, and you opt-out of medical care, you may think it’s perfectly fine to go about your day-to-day life. After a small “fender bender” type accident, a person might simply go on to continue with their day. They’ll go to work, they’ll stop by the store, they may even hit up the gym before going home for the night. Whiplash is a soft tissue injury commonly experienced in these small accidents, and the activities you partake in before the pain sets in could be making that injury worse. You may not feel it at first, but you could find yourself waking up in the morning with pain you didn’t expect.

• You could give up your right to compensation – If your auto accident causes injuries that lead to medical bills, missed work, and other disruptions of your everyday life, you may wish to seek compensation. Unfortunately, if you forego medical treatment you may be giving up that right. By failing to seek medical attention after an accident there is no way to prove that your injuries were caused by the accident and not by another action after the accident has occurred. For example, if you are in a Florida car accident and experience an ankle injury, but don’t seek medical care for another two days, there will be no way to prove that your injury is accident related rather than due to a slip or time at the gym after the fact. For this reason it’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible after an accident has occurred.

• You can add to your case evidence – After an accident has occurred, when police and medics arrive at the scene to assess the situation, the medical team will often ask if you’d like to be evaluated or taken to the hospital. By accepting this offer for medical care, it will be written in your police report that you sought medical attention at the accident scene. This is an added layer of proof in your case showing that you had your injuries assessed immediately.

Seeking medical care isn’t the only way to help out your Florida personal injury case. If you’re interested in learning more about strengthening your accident settlement case, contact our professionals in Florida auto accident law at today.

Attorney David Goldman has a strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and those with the means should do what they can to bring justice in all areas of our society. That belief has led him to help Florida's injured from being taken advantage of by corporations and insurance companies. Since 1989 David Goldman has been fighting for the rights of Floridians both as an attorney and by personally supporting our community.

Why You Should Seek Immediate Medical Care After An Auto Accident In Florida

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