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Why should I go to the doctor after an accident? I'm not that hurt.

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Jaredhoffa
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 Posted 1 week, 5 days ago

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LegalRideshare receives calls all the time from drivers who are injured in accidents, but decide they weren't hurt enough to go to the doctor. In more than a few cases, the driver's pain has gotten extensively worse and treatment was delayed. In some extreme cases, the driver waited months to go get checked, which causes problems if you plan to take legal action. 


Consider:

  1. Your medical bills and lost wages will be paid if you hire a law firm, such as LegalRideshare.
  2. If you wait a long time to get treatment, the counter argument to your case is: "They clearly weren't as hurt as they said. Look how long it took them to even get treatment." It can backfire badly and we've seen it before.

I've posted this before, but here's a quick recap of what to do if involved in an accident. 

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    SimOran
    10
     1 week ago

    But its not worth it for people who have to pay out of pocket for medical.... I wouldnt go simply because it is too expensive and I dont like my odds of winning my medical money back...

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    momof4
    8040 Rider Driver
     1 week ago

    I worked in Personal Injury back in the 80's & 90's as a Medical Assistant. Also very closely with the lawyers, chiropractors, pharamacist, medical equipment companies, specialists etc... Everyone was making big $ back then.  Everywhere you turned someone was paying someone else for "referring" someone involved in an accident. Right down to tow truck drivers. Thats a whole other topic:)

    There is one thing I can tell you from business experience and personal experience GET CHECKED OUT. If you dont go right after the accident to the ER at least follow up with your doctor in the first few days. If you dont have a doctor you see speak to your attorney they can recommend one.  You may feel ok after the accident but wake up in the morning or a few days later feeling aches, pain, stiffness, or worse. If you wait a week or 2 it will look bad. I have been in small accidents and big accidents. Sometimes those smaller ones caused more pain and injuries than the b...

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    I worked in Personal Injury back in the 80's & 90's as a Medical Assistant. Also very closely with the lawyers, chiropractors, pharamacist, medical equipment companies, specialists etc... Everyone was making big $ back then.  Everywhere you turned someone was paying someone else for "referring" someone involved in an accident. Right down to tow truck drivers. Thats a whole other topic:)

    There is one thing I can tell you from business experience and personal experience GET CHECKED OUT. If you dont go right after the accident to the ER at least follow up with your doctor in the first few days. If you dont have a doctor you see speak to your attorney they can recommend one.  You may feel ok after the accident but wake up in the morning or a few days later feeling aches, pain, stiffness, or worse. If you wait a week or 2 it will look bad. I have been in small accidents and big accidents. Sometimes those smaller ones caused more pain and injuries than the bigger ones. Sometimes I was fine after the accident or so I thought. Once the adrenaline, shock, and nerves wore off you go to bed & wake up to stiffness and pain the next day or 2 after the accident. You may have a pre existing injury that hasnt bothered you in 10 yrs until you go to get out of bed the next day. Unfortunately you cannot predict what damage an accident can cause. You may be out of work for days, weeks, months, even years. You may think its just soft tissue injury you will be fine. What happens when you get an MRI and find out you have a few herniated disc? Radiculopathy, sciatica (nerve pain). These things can cause you to lose time from work, difficulty doing normal day to day things, and enjoying time with your family. That ER visit or visit to your doc in a day or 2 much better than not going. Losing that paycheck on top of your injuries is very difficult not just on your physical health but your mental health. There are so many things to consider. If you are out of work for 3 mths is your employer holding your position until you come back? Mine didn't. Lost a good job with good pay. The list goes on. Unfortunately in todays world you need to cover your @$$. The person that caused the accident is covering theirs. Dont be the one they are taking advantage of. I am not an atty just someone who got screwed more than once in these situations and they weren't my fault. Seen many others get screwed back in the day. Good luck hope all goes well. 

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    andsold
    74
     1 week ago

    Good advice, I have never thought about this. I would have been embarrassed to go but I guess you really should.