It seems wildly unreasonable for someone to think they are miraculously uninjured after being hit by a car, but it happens. Take, for example, a pedestrian accident in which the victim goes airborne and then lands in a roadside flowerbed.They might be able to get themselves up and not feel any notable amount of pain, chalk their injuries up to a few bumps and bruises, and incorrectly assume it must be their lucky day.
When people are injured in traumatic events, their body’s fight or flight response engages. This produces a massive wave of adrenaline that can cause a victim to feel robust and even energized for several hours after their accident. This wave of adrenaline also inhibits your ability to feel physical pain.
If you are involved in a pedestrian accident, you need to be examined by a physician to rule out any internal bleeding or other internal injuries, even if you don’t feel any pain. Delaying or refusing a trip to the emergency room can not only cause a moderate medical issue to grow into a severe one, but it will also hurt your personal injury claim.
If you do not have any official dated documents that substantiate the nature and severity of your injury that a medical exam would have supplied, the insurance provider will challenge your injury by saying if it was really that bad, you would have sought medical care right away.
If you don’t seek medical attention until days or weeks after your accident, the insurer can and will claim that your injuries happened more recently and are completely unrelated to your accident.
Never give an insurance carrier the power to reduce your claim’s value. Always get examined by a physician immediately after your accident.
Not Following the Doctor’s Treatment Plan
When you check out of the hospital, your doctor will give you detailed instructions on what you need to do to continue your recovery. You may need to take all of a prescription medication or go to physical therapy for a certain number of sessions. Your treatment plan will contain all the steps you need to take to regain your health and well-being, and it is important that you follow it to the letter.
If you ignore or forget about your treatment plan, you will make your claim vulnerable to an insurance company. They will blame any obstacles to your recovery on you by saying you didn’t follow your doctor’s instructions so you obviously don’t care if you get better. It can also hurt your claim if the insurer has proof of you participating in an activity that you have not been medically cleared for.
Don’t jeopardize your financial compensation award. Keep your pedestrian accident claim as strong as possible by following every step of your doctor’s treatment plan.