For many reasons, those involved in any type of personal injury accident should consider seeing a doctor as soon as possible for an assessment, even if they feel uninjured. Immediately following any accident, many seemingly minor but significant injuries that need treatment may not be apparent. High adrenaline levels that occur after an accident can mask many symptoms and pain. It is the body’s natural defense mechanism that helps us get through emergencies, even if we are injured. After the body has calmed and is rested, aches and pains often reveal themselves and inflammation around sore spots can indicate injuries that were not apparent just hours before. To be on the safe side, consulting with a doctor can ensure the diagnosis of injuries that might not be apparent, such as internal bruising or bleeding or a concussion.
Settling your case with an insurance company too quickly can be a big mistake for you and very costly to your health. Sadly, we have seen many instances where accident victims are uncompensated for injuries. In one case, an expectant mother settled with an insurance company two weeks after her accident, thinking she was involved in a minor fender-bender. A week later, she suffered miscarriages of her twins because of untreated trauma sustained during the accident. While we were able to help her with her delayed onset of pain, there was nothing we could do to help her get compensated with the insurance company because she had already settled and waived her rights.
In another instance, a Mom came into the clinic to be treated for injuries, but stated her minor child reported no problems. The Mom settled with the insurance company. A few weeks later, the Mom brought her child into the office with neck complaints. It was determined that the child, who was under 10 years of age, suffered a cervical herniation in the accident. Again, the insurance claims were already settled and all rights were waived. We worked with the young patient to help heal the injuries; however, the Mom received no insurance compensation for the severity of the child’s injuries.
The old adage, “It’s better to be safe than sorry” always applies when a person has been injured in any type of accident. Seeking even precautionary medical treatment after an accident is the best decision you can make for your health.
At Integra Healthcare, we have worked for over 15 years with attorneys, claims adjusters, and insurance companies on behalf of our injured patients. Our competent and experience doctors will provide you with your best chance at healing, while our expertly trained administrative staff will handle your insurance forms and medical reports/billing. Your only focus once you become our patient is on healing, getting better, and getting stronger.