Why You Should Receive Immediate Treatment after a Car Accident
With Brooklyn’s streets becoming increasingly crowded, car accidents are an unfortunate fact of life. If you have been involved in a car accident, you should seek immediate medical treatment, which will not only help you recover faster but also preserve important legal rights.
Car Accident Injuries
Because of their speed and size, cars can cause serious injuries. Even a low-speed car crash can leave you holed up in bed for weeks or months with any of the following injuries:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injury
- Concussion or other traumatic brain injuries
Prompt medical treatment will help prevent a mild injury from getting much worse. For example, a burn can become infected, which might then enter your bloodstream. By properly cleaning the burn and taking antibiotics, you can prevent an infection.
Your Duty to Mitigate Damages
You can typically sue another driver if they were responsible for the crash, and you can receive money damages as compensation for your injuries. For example, you can receive compensation for:
- Past, present, and future medical treatment
- Past, present, and future lost wages
- Property damage to your car
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
However, New York requires that accident victims not make their injuries worse. Instead, you must take all reasonable steps to mitigate your damages. Consider the following example:
Michael is riding a bicycle when he is struck by a passenger car, resulting in a broken leg. Instead of going to the doctor, Michael goes home and takes medicine to deal with the pain. After months pass, his leg gets so bad that he becomes permanently disabled.
In this situation, Michael might try to claim that the driver disabled him in the accident. However, the driver can claim that Michael’s own actions have made his injuries worse and that he is responsible for his disability because he did not receive treatment after the accident for his broken leg. Based on these facts, the driver has the stronger argument.
Follow Your Doctor’s Orders
Another serious mistake is not following your doctor’s orders. For example, a doctor might have ordered that you stay in bed after your car accident in order to rest your sprained back. However, if you return to work or go outside and work on your car, then you are not following your doctor’s orders. The person you sue can claim that you are responsible for most of your pain and suffering. If they are successful, they can reduce the amount of money damages they need to pay you.
Of course, you might ignore your doctor’s advice because you do not think you are getting better. In that situation, it is much wiser to meet with a new doctor for a second opinion rather than ignoring what your first doctor told you. After getting a second opinion, you might pursue a new course of treatment that makes you feel better.
Injured? Help is Available
At the Law Offices of David J. Hernandez & Associates, we help clients injured in car accidents receive the compensation they deserve. Our Brooklyn attorneys can investigate the accident and gather sufficient evidence so that you can bring a valid legal claim. Contact us today for a free consultation.