Recently, a Pennsylvania man was in his horse drawn buggy when it was struck by a driver that had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) well over the legal limit. Immediately following the crash, the victim said he was not injured, although his horse was killed as a result. Later, after the man agreed to seek treatment anyway, it was found that he broke several vertebrae in his neck and that he had a concussion.
Although the news story focused on the criminal aspect of the case, it highlights a very important point in all personal injury cases, as well. Seeking medical attention after any accident is the most important step you can take after any crash. This is important not only for your own health, but also your insurance claim, and your overall case.
Your Personal Health
Your own personal health and well-being is the most important reason to seek medical attention after any accident. As in the recent story, it is not uncommon for people to think they are not hurt after a crash and so, they do not even think to seek medical treatment. Later, it is found they did sustain serious injuries during the crash and by that time, the condition has deteriorated and it can even become more difficult to treat. By seeking medical attention soon after an accident, you can avoid this and receive the necessary treatment right away.
Your Overall Case
You must prove the extent of your injuries in order to claim maximum compensation. Medical records are a great way to do this, as they will outline the fact that you sustained the injuries as a result of the accident, the extent of your injuries, the cost of treatment, and your prognosis. This documentation is crucial to your claim and you can only obtain it if you seek medical attention immediately following the accident.
Our Personal Injury Lawyers in Pennsylvania Can Provide the Legal Advice You Need
After any accident, you need sound legal advice to protect your claim. At van der Veen, Hartshorn and Levin, our skilled Allentown personal injury lawyers can provide it. We will help you get the necessary medical attention if necessary, and will help you prove another party was liable for the accident so you recover the full amount of compensation you deserve. Call us today at 215-515-6892 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation and to learn more.