After a car accident or other injury in Kansas or Missouri, there are many steps you should take to protect both your health and legal rights. Two of the most obvious but often neglected steps that we see from clients in our Kansas City office are: (1) getting prompt medical treatment for your injuries; and (2) following your doctor's advice and recommended course of treatment.
Getting Prompt Medical Treatment
If you are seriously injured in accident in Kansas or Missouri, you will likely be taken to a hospital by ambulance. However, after some accidents, victims often believe they suffered only minor injuries and think they can tough it out without medical treatment.
Please do not do this. By delaying treatment, you are taking a big risk with your health and your personal injury case. Some injuries do not show up immediately but can be very serious. You may have internal bleeding but not show any external sign of injury. Delay in this situation can be deadly. Your neck or back pain at the accident scene may not feel that intense, but weeks or even months later, you may find out that you have a herniated disc, the pain is unbearable and you require surgery. The point is this – just because an injury is not immediately evident does not mean it is not serious.
Please get prompt treatment so a medical professional can evaluate, diagnose and treat your injuries properly and without delay. This can literally save your life. In addition, the longer you wait to get medical attention, the more difficult it can be to prove your injuries were caused by the accident. This can negatively impact your personal injury claim and right to recover monetary damages for your injuries.
Following Your Doctor’s Advice and Not Missing Appointments
You will also damage your personal injury claim in Kansas or Missouri if your doctor tells you to go physical therapy three days a week and you only go once a week. The insurance company will assume that you were not really injured because you did not follow your doctor’s recommendations. This will result in a reduced settlement offer to you.
In addition, if you do not see your physician regularly, the insurance company will argue that you are fully recovered. If you are still having problems, you need to see your doctors and tell them. If your doctor says “follow up as needed,” you need to go back in a few weeks if you are still having pain or other medical issues. If you do not follow up, the doctor, insurance company, and likely a jury will think you have made a full recovery even if you have not.
These are just a few of the steps you should take to protect your rights after a car accident in Kansas or Missouri. You should make sure to review our top 10 ways to maximize your injury claim in Kansas and Missouri. For more information, please download a free copy of my book, Crash Course, which includes the 9 mistakes that can wreck your injury claim. You can also contact our firm in Kansas City by calling (816) 203-0143 or by filling out a form below. Contacting us is FREE and confidential, and there is no obligation to hire us to represent you. We would be happy to hear any concerns and try to assist you.