After a South Dakota car accident, victims who are clearly injured will be transported to a hospital emergency room for treatment and possible admission. Others who aren’t in pain and don’t appear to be hurt are likely to go home and count their blessings, but doing so is a mistake for more reasons than one.
Early Treatment After a Car Accident Is Always Best
Not all injuries suffered in a car crash are immediately apparent. Many injuries might not begin to cause you pain until days or even weeks after your accident. For example, what seems to be a minor bump on the head might lead to headaches, dizziness, and cognitive issues that make it hard for you to function in your daily life. Quite often, injuries that you’re not aware of can be identified early by:
- A medical exam
- An MRI procedure
This is why you should visit an emergency room, urgent care, or your own doctor as soon as possible after your accident. If you wait until your injuries become more painful, you’re likely to aggravate your condition and suffer for a longer period of time, whereas timely treatment helps you heal faster and reduces the length of time you spend in pain.
Documentation of Your Injuries After a Car Accident
If your accident and injuries were caused by another driver, you’re entitled to seek compensation from that driver’s insurance company for your damages. Seeing a doctor immediately after the crash creates a record of your examination and treatment. This is very important evidence for your claim because it shows that your injuries were caused by your accident and helps to prove the liability of the at-fault driver who caused the crash.
The insurance company will be looking for any way it can find to dispute, devalue, or deny your claim for damages. Delaying your treatment gives insurance adjusters and attorneys the opportunity to argue that:
- Your injuries were caused not by the crash but by some other trauma after the wreck.
- You would have sought treatment sooner if you’d been seriously injured and in pain.
Have You Been Hurt in a South Dakota Car Crash? Contact Our Car Accident Attorneys Today.
An experienced car accident lawyer can organize and present your medical evidence to help you get fair compensation for your damages. Contact us online or call us at 605-306-4100 to schedule a free consultation. We serve clients throughout South Dakota and northwest Iowa. You pay no attorney fees until we win your case.