There’s a lot of information out there about car accidents, including what causes them, the kinds of injuries they cause, what to do if you’ve been in one. However, with so much information out there, it’s inevitable that there’s going to be some misinformation and misconceptions. To help you weed through the falsities and get to the truth, we’ll be debunking three common myths about car accident injuries below.
Myth 1: If My Injuries Are Minor, I Don’t Need To Seek Medical Care
This is an extremely dangerous myth because it can lead to dire consequences. Even if it seems like you’ve only suffered minor injuries (such as scrapes and bruises) from a car crash, you should still seek medical attention right away. While your injuries may appear minor on the surface, there could be injuries you’re not seeing, such as internal bleeding in the brain or the abdomen. If you fail to get checked out by a medical professional, these conditions will go unnoticed and could potentially turn into life-threatening injuries.
Plus, visiting a doctor right away will also facilitate legal proceedings moving forward, should you decide to take legal action. Seeking medical care in a timely manner helps prove the authenticity as well as the severity of the injury, which could land you a higher settlement payment.
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Myth 2: Even If I Wasn’t At Fault, I Still Need To Pay For My Medical Expenses Myself
This isn’t true at all. If you were the victim of a personal injury in an auto collision that someone else caused with their negligence, then you are entitled to compensation from that individual. In car accidents, the person who is deemed “at fault” is the person who takes financial responsibility for property damage, injuries resulting in medical bills, and damages. If you live in a “no fault” state, however, these circumstances will look a little different. In these states, your car insurance provider is meant to pay all or some of your medical bills that you acquired due to the collision.
In “at fault” cases, though, you must pursue legal action to get the compensation you’re entitled to, which brings us to our next point.
Myth 3: I Don’t Need A Lawyer To Handle My Car Accident Claim
When it comes to managing your car crash claim, you might think it’s easier to go it alone, especially if you only sustained minor injuries. In truth, the legal system is incredibly complex. If you don’t have experience navigating these types of claims, you could find yourself feeling very overwhelmed very quickly.
That’s why it’s so important to seek the assistance of a professional, experienced law firm, such as Dennis Hernandez & Associates. These legal experts will work diligently to understand the facts of your situation, build a strong case on your behalf, and secure the justice and compensation you need to move on with your life.
By reading this guide, you’ve taken an excellent first step in informing yourself of the realities around car accident injuries and dismissing the myths. With this knowledge, you’ll feel more self-assured navigating the complexities of auto collision injury cases moving forward.