You have a lot to deal with after a personal injury. At the top of that list is visiting a doctor to receive medical attention. While the terms of your insurance policy can heavily influence which doctor you can visit, you’ll likely have some flexibility.
The good news is that Anderson Injury Lawyers has access to reputable, experienced physicians who can provide you with the care you need after an accident. Best of all, these doctors are typically willing to work with you on payments, including delaying payment until the conclusion of your case. Keep reading for more information.
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Do I Need to See a Doctor After an Accident?
In almost every case, it’s worth visiting a doctor after an accident. In some cases, this goes without saying (such as if you’ve suffered a catastrophic injury), but in others, it might be less clear.
When in doubt, see a doctor. Receiving medical attention is one way to document your injury and thereby increase the amount of available evidence to prove your claim. Moreover, some injuries might not reveal themselves until days or weeks after the accident. In those cases, delaying medical attention could result in negative health consequences.
There’s also the issue of the failure to mitigate damages. If you do not seek prompt medical attention for your injury, the insurance company may accuse you of failing to mitigate your damages after the accident. They may argue that you made your injuries worse by not seeking immediate medical care. They will then try to reduce your damages.
What Happens if I Don’t Seek Medical Treatment After My Accident?
If you don’t seek medical treatment after an accident, you might be subject to the following undesirable consequences:
- Worsening of your injury. The longer your injury goes untreated (or even undetected), the worse it will be for your health. Many injuries get progressively worse without treatment. Make sure you seek treatment before you get to this point.
- Inability to file a successful claim. Virtually every personal injury case requires evidence to establish liability. If you don’t seek medical treatment from a reputable doctor, you will be missing evidence that is critical (if not necessary) to prove your case.
- Reduced value of your claim. Even if you can still prove your case without medical treatment, your case’s value will probably be less than it should be. Insurers will use Texas’s comparative fault rules to try to reduce the value of your claim.
Contact Anderson Injury Lawyers today if you have questions about how to seek treatment after an accident.
Who Will Pay My Medical Bills?
The answer to this question will depend on the facts and circumstances of your case. It’s possible that your insurance company will pay for your medical bills, depending on the terms of your policy. In some cases, the other party’s insurance could cover your bills, or your bills could be included as part of your settlement or jury verdict award.
The worst-case scenario is that you’ll pay for your medical bills out-of-pocket. We understand that this might be unaffordable, which is one reason why we’ve partnered with top doctors who are willing to offer flexible payment plans.
Because the State of Texas is an at-fault state for car insurance, you’ll usually be able to sue the other driver involved in the accident. But keep in mind that the state follows a modified comparative negligence doctrine, so your percentage of fault could reduce the value of your claim.
Call Anderson Injury Lawyers today for help with your case. We offer a free consultation to discuss your situation and can provide you with more insight into who could be on the hook for your medical bills.
Anderson Injury Lawyers Can Help You Seek Treatment from Top Doctors
Anderson Injury Lawyers is proud to state that we have access to some of the best doctors in Texas. These doctors may be willing to see you and delay any payment for your medical care until the conclusion of your case.
We partner with these doctors because we understand that everybody’s circumstances are different and that some might not have the means or the insurance policy to cover all of their medical expenses. Our goal is to help you in this trying time and to help you obtain the compensation you deserve while you rest and recover from your injury.
Call Anderson Injury Lawyers today for more information about how we can assist you after an accident.