When you head out in your vehicle each day, the last thing you are thinking about is getting into an accident. Unfortunately, the Pennsylvania DOT gives us some statistics that show accidents are a real possibility. Consider that we live and work in and around Pittsburgh, and we know accidents are a reality.
For the latest reporting year, we saw 128,188 vehicle accidents. Thousands of those resulted in injuries to our citizens. Do you know the steps to take after an accident that is caused by another person’s negligence?
What if you are injured?
If you need a Pittsburgh car accident lawyer, you can count on the team at SMT Legal to be by your side, working hard to recover the compensation you deserve.
Why The Doctor?
Today, we want to talk about the importance of medical treatment after a car accident. First, if the injuries are serious, always ensure emergency services are called.
When an accident takes place, your adrenaline will be going. Because of this, you may not even realize you are injured. Many people often tell us that they did not feel any pain until hours after an accident happened after they are already home.
If you seek medical treatment hours or even days after an accident, the insurance companies may not cover your medical expenses.
Why is that?
Because they will argue that you were not really hurt at the time of the accident. If you were, they will say, you would have sought immediate treatment. They do this because they want to save money. While we would like to think of insurance companies as being on our side, that is not usually the case.
If you seek treatment immediately after an accident, this takes away the insurance company’s case. A doctor needs to be the one to determine if you have an injury as it is, so let them do their job. It is also important to follow all treatment that the doctor prescribes. This includes coming to any follow-up visits required or seeing specialists.
The purpose of doing all of this is to show a continuous chain of events beginning with the accident. Please know that insurance companies will begin calling you soon after an accident takes place. They will record your statement and even ask you about your medical history. If they think they can use an old injury you sustained to show you are not injured due to the current accident, they will.
How We Can Help?
There are few things scarier than a car accident that causes injuries. If you have been hurt due to another person’s negligence, contact SMT Legal. Our knowledgeable and experienced team will work to secure compensation for all of your accident-related expenses. This can include:
- Coverage for your medical expenses
- Lost wage recovery if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Punitive damages