Being involved in an accident can be a particularly traumatising and frightening experience. In the aftermath of such an incident, it may be wise to consider certain thoughts and actions to ensure that your health is prioritised and also to help with your personal injury claim should you instigate one.
1. Accidents that place significant levels of trauma on the body should be treated with caution, as the severity of your injuries may not become apparent immediately after the accident. This seems to be especially true of motor vehicle accidents as the forces exerted on your body can be substantial. In this case it is advisable to attend your general practitioner or some other medical professional as soon as possible to investigate whether you have sustained any serious injuries.
Attending a medical professional as soon as possible will help to prevent aggravating any injuries sustained as activities likely to aggravate your condition can be highlighted. Furthermore the sooner injuries are recognised, the sooner treatment can begin to set you on the best road to recovery.
2. Accidents often cause multiple injuries and symptoms of differing severity. As a result it could be tempting to focus on the most problematic complaints and you may neglect to mention the problems that you regard as less severe or even insignificant. This applies to symptoms of both a physical and psychological nature. To ensure that all of your injuries can be treated appropriately, it is always best to report the complete range of symptoms experienced.
This can also become particularly important in the context of a personal injury claim. Should you have sustained an injury and neglected to report its effects for some months, as you may have been focused on the resolution of another injury, considerable causation issues can be caused. This is to say that the insurer will question whether this injury was caused by the subject accident due to the fact that there was no record of it for a significant period of time following the accident. This argument can sometimes be overcome but there is no guarantee to this and considerable difficulties may be encountered that could easily have been avoided.
3. Often doctors struggle to make a diagnosis, which can make prescribing the appropriate treatment difficult. This can lead to significant frustration on behalf of the patient and some certainty regarding what injury has been sustained and the likelihood of improvement is craved. Awareness at the outset that a diagnosis may take considerable time or that a diagnosis might never be provided with certainty may help to reduce these frustrations.
It is also important to attempt to work with advice of the doctor and not to lose all belief that they can help to improve your condition. Some conditions will be slow to improve and maintaining a positive attitude may be essential in eventually obtaining a significant recovery.
4. Finally, it is important to put any health concerns before considerations regarding your personal injury claim. In the context of a personal injury claim your health should remain the priority. For example, you may be advised treatment that the insurer rejects to pay for. If you have the means, it is often the most beneficial option to go ahead with the treatment regardless of the insurer’s decision. Realising the most effective recovery in your condition should not be constrained over fears that your personal injury claim may be adversely affected.
If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation. To arrange a free, no-obligation assessment of your claim, please call Stacks Goudkamp on 1800 25 1800 to speak to one of our compensation experts, or alternatively, make an online enquiry.
Written by William Temple-Smith.
William Temple-Smith is a paralegal for both Ruth Hudson’s and Emily Harris’s Practice Groups. William works on a variety of different compensation matters, with a particular focus on motor vehicle accidents and public liability claims.