Seattle Personal Injury Attorney Chris Thayer
Seattle Personal Injury Attorney Chris Thayer
Handling Personal Injury Claims in the Seattle Area and Throughout Washington Since 1995

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Seeking Medical Attention After a Car Accident

Posted Friday, February 14, 2020 by Chris Thayer

Alternative TextOf the 6 million car accidents that occur yearly in the United States, half include injuries to passengers and motorists. While car accidents are common, the results are often catastrophic, including permanent injuries or even death. If you were involved in any kind of car accident, you should seek medical attention, even if you do not feel you were severely injured.

*Car Accident Injuries *Many smaller “fender-bender” accidents will not have ambulances called to the scene of the accident. However, even in smaller accidents, serious injuries can occur. In many cases, a victim will simply not realize that they are injured badly due to the body’s release of a chemical called epinephrine (adrenaline). This chemical acts as a pain suppressor and in many cases a victim simply does not know that they are injured badly because the adrenaline is masking the pain. Making the decision to wait for this chemical to subside, instead of seeking the expertise of a medical professional immediately, can be devastating to your health and prognosis.

*Injuries That Take Time to Appear *You should never wait more than 72 hours to be evaluated by a medical professional for your personal injuries. Some of the more common injuries that take time to appear or present pain will include the following:

*Building a Strong Personal Injury Case*If you were injured due to someone else’s negligence, you likely have unexpected medical bills and lost wages. Making sure to seek care from a medical professional to evaluate your physical and mental condition will also preserve any legal claim you may have regarding the car accident and your personal injury, and allow you to receive the maximum amount of compensation you are legally allowed.

*NEVER Settle Immediately After a Car Accident *You should always wait until you have had all of your medical issues resolved, and you have received a release from your medical doctor regarding your injuries. Never take the first settlement offer from an insurance company. The insurance companies will typically offer very low settlement amounts immediately to victims to attempt to close the case for less compensation than you deserve. If you take their settlement check and cash it, you will be waiving all of your rights to any future compensation to pay for any future medical issues you may have that remain from the accident.

*Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney*If you were involved in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, you have the right to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and even pain and suffering. We can negotiate on your behalf with insurance companies and attempt to get you the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries. Contact our experienced personal injury and car accident attorneys at the Pivotal Law Group at 206-340-2008. We can work with you to build a strong personal injury case. We proudly serve the Seattle, Bellevue, Kent, Renton, Burien, Mercer Island and Issaquah areas.