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June 02, 2023

Can I Sue After an Accident If I Didn’t Go to the Doctor?

How Not Seeking Medical Treatment Can Affect Your Claim

After an accident, you might be unsure about the extent of your injuries. In some cases, you may initially feel fine only to experience debilitating pain and discomfort weeks later. Because your body may be in shock, it is always in your best interest to seek medical attention immediately after an accident. But even if you don’t, you may still have a claim for damages.

At Denlea & Carton LLP, we provide experienced representation for individuals injured in accidents. Our lawyers can help you pursue compensation from a liable or legally responsible party. Our legal team will walk you through the process and help ensure that you receive the recovery you deserve. If you were injured in an accident, contact our office to schedule a free consultation.

Do I Have to See a Doctor After an Accident?

If you are injured in an accident, you should always seek medical attention as soon as possible. Even if you are unsure about the extent of your injuries, you should still be seen by a doctor. Your body may be in shock from the sudden impact and unable to determine if you suffered harm. 

Seeking medical treatment immediately after an accident can also help to ensure that you receive an accurate diagnosis. Delaying treatment may result in your injuries becoming worse or cause significant side effects. Therefore, you should always go to the doctor as quickly as possible after an accident and continue treatment until released by a medical professional.

What Happens If I Don’t See a Doctor?

If you do not go to the doctor after an accident, it may be more difficult to prove your injuries. Insurance companies routinely try to downplay an injured party’s claim.  

For instance, an insurance company may argue that a delay in treatment indicates that your injuries were not as serious as you indicated in your claim. They may also argue that you made your injuries worse by not getting medical attention within a reasonable time. 

Additionally, failing to seek medical treatment is one of the most commonly used arguments to say that your injuries happened after the fact and were not caused by the accident or that they were part of a pre-existing condition.

It is important to note, however, that even if you don’t see a doctor right away you may still have a valid claim for damages. In order to prove your injuries though you will need to be evaluated by a medical professional. The best thing to do is to consult with an attorney to determine all of your options. 

Injured in an Accident? Contact Our Office.

Were you or a loved one injured in an accident in White Plains, NY, or elsewhere in Westchester County, NY? Contact our office to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation. 

At Denlea & Carton, LLP, we have decades of experience helping injury victims. We are committed to excellence and are dedicated advocates. Let us help you get the financial recovery you need and deserve.


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