Even the most careful drivers get into car accidents. That is because not every driver is as responsible and cautious as you are. Recklessness and negligence behind the wheel injure tens of thousands of Americans each year and kill thousands more. Plenty of those accidents happen right here in Wheeling – while driving up the Tri-State, sitting at a stoplight on Dundee Road, or on the way home from a pleasant dinner on Milwaukee Avenue. In an instant, a forgettable day becomes one you will always remember.
In the aftermath of a serious car crash, it can be hard to know what to do next or where to turn for help. You watch bills pile up while you’re unable to earn a paycheck to pay them. Your injuries have upended your life and those of your loved ones. During this challenging time, you need all the care and support you can get. You won’t get it from the other driver or their car insurance company. They may offer you some money to get you to settle your case, but that offer will inevitably be in a paltry amount far less than you deserve.
You need someone on your side who is laser-focused on obtaining the compensation and resources you need and deserve after a car wreck caused by another person’s negligence. As an experienced Wheeling car accident lawyer, I understand the struggles faced by injury victims and have spent over two decades protecting their interests, advancing their claims, and obtaining the maximum amount of compensation available for injuries and losses suffered in:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Uninsured and underinsured motorist crashes
- Hit-and-run collisions
- Drunk driving accidents
- Rideshare/Uber/Lyft accidents
Car Accident Spotlight: Why You Should Seek Medical Attention After An Accident Even If You Don’t Think You’re Hurt
It’s not unusual for people who were in a car accident to feel okay in the immediate aftermath of the crash only to discover days, weeks, or months later that they have, in fact, sustained severe injuries. The shock and adrenaline surge you feel right after an accident, along with your focus on addressing immediate, practical concerns, may push any pain to the back of your mind, at least temporarily.
But then, a few days or weeks later, you start experiencing headaches, dizziness, or confusion. You may feel pain and stiffness in your neck and back. If you had seen a doctor right after the accident, they may have been able to detect your injury and provide you with the treatment you need to keep it from getting worse.
If it turns out you did sustain an injury in your accident, you may want to seek compensation for your injuries from the other driver and their auto insurance company. But failing to get medical attention right after the crash can hurt your chances of obtaining the compensation you need and deserve in two significant ways:
- Premature settlement. After an accident, the other driver’s insurance company will try to get you to settle as soon as possible, for as little money as possible. If you feel okay, the amount the insurer offers may seem okay too – at the time. But when, after you’ve accepted the insurer’s lowball offer, you learn that you suffered serious injuries that require costly medical care and may keep you off the job for a long stretch, you will have already signed away your rights to seek compensation, leaving you to bear the burdens alone.
- Lack of medical evidence. To recover damages in a car accident injury case, you have to prove not only that the other person’s negligence caused your injuries, but you also have to establish the nature and the extent of those injuries. Obtaining medical treatment right after an accident will ensure that you have complete medical records that can document the extent of your injuries. Being close in time to the accident, those records and your doctor’s testimony can also be crucial to proving causation.
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If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a Wheeling auto accident, I welcome the opportunity to assist you. With decades of experience and a practice that focuses exclusively on the needs of personal injury victims, I provide fierce advocacy on behalf of clients in Wheeling and throughout Chicagoland.
Please contact Chicago Legal Group today to arrange for your free consultation.