When Should You Seek Medical Help after a Motorcycle Crash?
Motorcycle accidents can result in extremely serious injuries and damages, many of which require immediate medical treatment. If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, the very first thing you should do is seek medical care and treatment at a hospital emergency room or urgent care facility.
It is also important that you seek this emergency medical treatment immediately, regardless of whether or not you feel pain or symptoms rights after your accident. Failing to seek immediate medical care following a motorcycle accident sends an implicit message to the insurance company that you were not all that seriously injured in the accident. Moreover, injuries following car or motorcycle accidents oftentimes do not manifest themselves until days or even weeks following the accident. In short, it is better to be safe than sorry and seek immediate medical treatment following your motorcycle accident.
After seeking your initial medical treatment at a hospital or urgent care facility, you should minimize any gaps in treatment by beginning follow-up medical care and treatment with a primary care physician or other health care provider. If necessary, you may need to seek out the services of a medical specialist, such as an orthopedist.
While your case is pending, and throughout the litigation process, you should always keep in mind that first and foremost, the insurance company is a business, and its primary goal is to protect its own interests – not yours. As such, you need an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer representing you throughout your case every step of the way.
The experienced motorcycle accident attorneys at Dolman Law Group are very familiar with the tricks and tactics employed by insurance companies and their adjusters to undervalue motorcycle accident claims. Our knowledgeable and skilled attorneys can assist you with maximizing the value of your personal injury motorcycle accident case and can help you to obtain the monetary compensation that you need and deserve.
Steps You Should Take following a Florida Motorcycle Accident
In order to maximize the value of a motorcycle accident case, it is important that you immediately take care of the following after being involved in your accident:
- Seek Emergency Medical Treatment
- If you are unable to call 911, ask someone to call for you.
- If you are unable to receive treatment at the accident scene, go to a hospital emergency room or urgent care facility as soon as possible – even if you feel that nothing is wrong with you.
- Travel to the ER or urgent care facility via ambulance, or have someone drive you there. That way, the insurance company will not be able to infer that you were well enough to drive yourself to the hospital or urgent care facility.
- Follow through with all of the emergency room doctor’s treatment recommendations, including follow-up care. Be sure to follow up with a primary care doctor or specialist and begin a regimen of physical therapy at another treatment facility, if recommended.
- Treat Consistently for Your Injuries Following Your ER Visit
- Take care to avoid long gaps in treatment and try to avoid gaps of 1-2 weeks or more in your follow-up medical care.
- Consult with your primary care physician about the injuries you sustained in your motorcycle accident.
- Attend all medical and physical therapy appointments on time and stay for the entire treatment session.
- Stop treating only upon discharge from a health care facility. Do not ‘discharge yourself.’
- Keep Good Records of all of Your Medical Care and Treatment
Once you begin treating for your injuries following your motorcycle accident, it is important that you request and keep copies of all of your medical and accident-related documentation, including medical records, and that you keep a detailed journal of how your injuries affect your daily life while treating and afterward.
Due to the limited protection offered by a motorcycle or moped, motorcycle accidents can be extremely serious and can result in catastrophic personal injuries and damages. Some of the most common types of injuries and damages sustained in New Port Richey motorcycle accidents include the following:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI’s)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Fractures and broken bones
- Soft tissue injuries
- Permanent impairment
Proving Damages in Motorcycle Accident Cases
Immediate and consistent medical treatment is essential to proving damages in motorcycle accident cases. In many motorcycle accident cases, injured plaintiffs attempt to prove that they have been permanently impaired as a result of the injuries they sustained in the motorcycle accident. In order for an injured plaintiff to prove permanent impairment, he or she must ordinarily be able to demonstrate consistent medical treatment and compliance with all recommended treatment protocols.
When insurance adjusters and defense attorneys are evaluating a car or motorcycle accident case, they will oftentimes subpoena the injured plaintiff’s medical and physical therapy records. If they see inconsistencies in these records or note lengthy gaps in treatment, they will seriously question the injured plaintiff’s permanency claim and will adjust their settlement offers accordingly. Therefore, seeking initial medical treatment and treating consistently will go a long way when it comes to proving damages in your motorcycle accident case.
Contact a Florida Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today to Discuss Your Case
Serious head injuries, as well as sprains, strains, and fractures, often take the time to manifest themselves. These time periods can range from several days to several weeks. Moreover, the adrenaline rush following a motorcycle accident can help to mask symptoms, and these symptoms may not appear until much later.
In order to be on the safe side, it is best to seek emergency medical treatment and follow-up care as soon as possible after being involved in a motorcycle accident. Immediate treatment and conservative follow-up care with minimal gaps also give the insurance company less ammunition to challenge the necessity and extent of your medical bills and treatment.
The skilled and knowledgeable motorcycle accident attorneys at Dolman Law Group will be able to negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf and work towards obtaining full and fair compensation for your injuries, via settlement or trial.
Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765