December 16th 2009 by James Brown
It is important to use common sense in this situation. If you have been injured in an accident, you need to seek medical attention immediately in order to receive treatment for your injuries. If you think you may have been injured but are not showing any symptoms, you can get a medical assessment from a doctor to make sure. There are injuries whose symptoms will not appear until sometime after your accident. In fact, it is common for injuries to take 10 to 14 days to fully appear.
An insurance company may use the length and seriousness of your treatment to determine how much your claim is worth. So, if you don’t go to a doctor, the insurance company may come to the conclusion that you don’t really need to be compensated for your injuries. It is important to seek medical treatment for any kind of injuries you sustain from an accident if you hope to get enough compensation in your settlement.
It isn’t always easy to know what information you need to write down, what injuries you need to be treated for, or of what medications you need to keep track. Because the aftermath of a Missouri or Illinois auto accident can be so confusing, I have started providing my clients with an accident notebook to keep track of all of the information needed to have a successful car accident claim. It includes pockets for receipts and photos, a detailed checklist for symptoms and injuries, and a place to record treatments. The notebook doesn’t cost any additional money; it is just a benefit of working with an experienced St. Louis accident lawyer. Before you decide to hire an accident attorney in Missouri or Illinois, you should make sure that they understand what information needs to be collected to make the best claim possible. If they don’t offer something like our accident notebook, they may not know all of the information that is needed to make your case a success.