Filing a Personal Injury Claim if You Waited to Seek Medical Attention After a Car Accident
You were involved in an auto accident, and when the EMTs got to the scene you declined medical attention. You found your way home, and you did your best to go about your normal life.
But, as the days went on, you started to notice pain that you didn’t feel at the scene of the accident. Not only that, but the pain seems to be getting worse day by day, and it is starting to limit the tasks you are able to perform at work and at home. You are starting to wonder, “Could I have been injured in the accident?” Since you didn’t see a doctor right away, you are also wondering, “Is it too late to seek financial compensation for my injury?”
Seeking Financial Compensation for Auto Accident Injuries With Delayed Symptoms
In this type of scenario, it is important to seek medical and legal help as soon as possible. While it is not uncommon for auto accident victims to experience delayed symptoms, it also is not uncommon for the insurance companies to deny claims based upon the victim’s failure to seek prompt medical attention.
If you do not have medical records from an immediate diagnosis, the insurance companies will almost certainly try to argue that you cannot prove that your symptoms are accident-related. As far as the insurance companies are concerned, you could have slipped and fallen the day after the accident, or you could have been involved in another accident with a driver whose policy is with a different insurer. In either case, the insurance companies would not be liable; and, without proof of liability, they are not going to pay for your injuries.
However, a physician who is experienced in diagnosing and treating traumatic injuries may be able to identify the cause of your injury days, or even weeks, after your accident. By examining the progression of your symptoms and recovery, your doctor may be able to trace the origin of your injury back to a point in time that is consistent with the date of the accident. An experienced physician may also be able to conclusively establish that the nature and severity of your injury are consistent with the forces involved in a vehicle collision rather than another type of traumatic accident.
An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to help prove your case as well. The insurance companies routinely use the same tactics when attempting to deny accident victims’ claims for compensation, and they rely on victims not knowing how to protect their legal rights under Colorado law. With an experienced attorney representing you, you can feel confident knowing not only that the insurance companies won’t take advantage of you, but that you will be seeking maximum compensation for your injury-related losses.
Were You Injured in a Car Accident in Denver, CO?
The accident lawyers at Levine Law provide experienced and aggressive legal representation for car accident victims in Denver, CO. If you are experiencing pain or other symptoms following a vehicle collision, we can help you collect the financial compensation you deserve. To learn more in a free and confidential consultation, call us at 303-333-8000, or tell us how to reach you and we will be in touch as soon as possible.