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

My name is Chris Thayer and I am a personal injury attorney practicing in downtown Seattle. I handle personal injury, medical malpractice and wrongful death claims throughout the greater Seattle area, including Issaquah, Mercer Island and Kirkland.

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The Importance of Medical Treatment After an Accident

Posted Friday, May 22, 2020 by Chris Thayer

Alternative TextIf you suffered injuries related to any type of accident that was the direct fault of someone else’s negligence, you may be in a state of shock or feel overwhelmed. Many different types of accidents, including car accidents, dog bites, medical malpractice, slip and fall accidents, nursing home injuries, or any other accident resulting from someone else’s negligence that causes any type of injury, can be terrifying and confusing. In many cases, the victims do not feel severely injured immediately following an accident. This may be due to a rush of adrenaline or simply being in a full state of shock. Even if you do not feel seriously injured following an accident, you should seek medical treatment as soon as possible, as many catastrophic injuries that are life-threatening are not immediately noticeable.

*Accidents Involving Injuries *In some cases, accidents may seem minor so ambulances are not called to the scene in order to provide immediate medical assistance or treatment. However, there are several types of medical conditions that may not immediately present themselves, but are life-threatening if not evaluated and treated immediately. Some of these types of medical conditions include traumatic brain injuries, aortic dissections, whiplash, internal bleeding, or internal organ damage.

*Seeking Medical Attention *Unfortunately, if a victim waits too long to receive medical attention following an accident, he or she may suffer permanent damage or even death. Seeking medical evaluation and treatment immediately following any type of accident is important to ensure that any serious medical conditions are discovered as soon as possible. Additionally, it is important to note that if you were injured due to someone else’s negligence, if you choose at some later point to pursue a personal injury claim to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering, the best way to do that is to show that you received immediate medical attention and evaluation showing your injuries are directly related to the accident.

*Insurance Settlements *In many cases, an insurance company will attempt to offer a low settlement immediately to a victim in order to close the case. Make sure never to accept a first settlement offer from an insurance company. Additionally, never consent to be recorded on any conversations as these can be used against you in the future regarding settlement offers. Also, never agree to provide full medical records and your full medical history. An insurance company only has the legal right to look at the medical records that relate directly to the specific accident in question. Insurance companies often use adversarial and aggressive tactics in order to manipulate victims into accepting settlement offers that do not fully cover their injuries and losses. If you suffered injuries related to an accident, consider visiting with an experienced personal injury attorney.

*Contact a Personal Injury Attorney Today *If you were injured in any type of accident due to the reckless or negligent actions of another person, contact the experienced personal injury lawyers with the Pivotal Law Group at 206-340-2008. We proudly serve the Seattle, Bellevue, Kent, Renton, Burien, Mercer Island, and Issaquah areas.