At The Odierno Law Firm, P.C., we are frequently asked the question, “If I didn’t go to the doctor right after my accident, will it negatively affect my case?” While the answer may vary, depending on the specific nature of each individual case, it should serve as a lesson to all car accident victims that seeking medical attention after a crash is crucial. First and foremost, it is important to make sure that your health has not been compromised. Even if you are unsure of whether or not you have actually suffered an injury, it is always a good idea to play it safe—since, in some cases, your injuries may not be visible. Simply put, you should never ignore the feeling that something isn’t quite right.
Secondly, failing to seek medical treatment can become a legal issue when filing a claim. You may be asking yourself, “Why is it the insurance company’s business whether or not I went to the doctor?” but the unfortunate reality is that the insurance company will generally assume that you weren’t hurt if you did not seek medical attention after the crash. Insurers evaluate each claim based on a certain set of criteria, one of them being initial medical treatment, so it is possible that you could have a difficult time recovering the level of compensation that you deserve if you waited too long to see a doctor; however, you may have an easier time if you are represented by a Long Island personal injury lawyer.