Between what the police tell you, what your insurance company says, and the advice you hear from those close to you, you may be feeling overwhelmed when determining what to do after an accident. Especially with regards to getting the compensation you may deserve
To help, a top DC car accident lawyer has listed five common myths about auto accidents that you shouldn’t believe:
Myth #1: You don’t need to see a doctor for minor injuries
You may feel lucky if you were able to simply walk away from your accident. However, even if your injuries didn’t require an immediate trip to the emergency room, seeing a doctor may still be in your best interest.
If you have any injuries or pain from the accident, make an appointment with your primary care doctor or take a walk-in appointment. You may be suffering from an injury or damage that isn’t immediately apparent to you, but still requires medical attention.
Myth #2: Getting checked out by the EMT on scene is a waste of time
EMTs are trained professionals, and while the adrenaline you have after an accident could be masking your pain, and EMT is trained to look for signs of underlying trauma. Furthermore, some injuries don’t manifest themselves until a few days later. Discussing how you feel with an EMT can be a good first step to not only getting the treatment you need, but also offers an important documentation opportunity at the onset of your treatment.
Myth #3: Whiplash is a made up injury
A very common injury associated with a car accidents is whiplash; however, some reason, many people have been told that this is not a serious condition. Pain in your neck or back as a result of a violent impact may indicate a whiplash injury The pain can be debilitating, and may require immediate medical attention.
Myth #4: You can only be physically injured by an accident
Rarely do people consider the mental trauma that often follow accidents; however, it is actually pretty common to suffer from mental disorders like anxiety and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder following an accident. If unaddressed, these injuries they can cause anguish for years. Psychological trauma after an accident is very real and should not be ignored.
Myth #5: “Pain and suffering” is a term lawyers use to fabricate damages
Pain and suffering refers to a significant decrease in one's enjoyment of life after an accident. You may lose site of work, social engagements, and/or class because you are dealing with pain and psychological damage.
If you’ve recently been injured in a car accident, these myths can keep you from getting the compensation you deserve. Contact an experienced lawyer today for more information.
Thanks to our friends and co-contributors from Cohen & Cohen, P.C. for their added insight into common myths surrounding car accident injuries.