People on the California roadways can get hurt in car crashes for all kinds of reasons. Sometimes, inclement weather is a major factor. Other times, intoxication or distraction on the part of the other driver is what leads to the crash. Regardless of why you wind up in a motor vehicle collision, it’s important to understand your rights and options as the victim of a crash caused by another driver.
You can take legal action to recoup the financial losses you suffer after a crash caused by someone else’s negligence or wrongful act. Even if you don’t have health insurance, getting a medical examination shortly after a collision can be financially beneficial, instead of just one more bill you have to deal with.
Don’t worry about your lack of insurance
If you don’t have health insurance, going to a doctor when it isn’t an emergency may seem needlessly wasteful. However, it’s important to understand that there are many injuries you could suffer in a car crash that may not produce immediate symptoms.
Just because you think you’re okay doesn’t mean you should walk away without having a doctor evaluate you. There are many reasons to consider getting a medical opinion after a crash. If law enforcement officers have already made it clear that the other driver is at fault for the crash, their motor vehicle insurance policy should cover your medical care even if you don’t have health insurance yourself.
Early intervention can improve your prognosis
Some injuries, like broken bones or spinal cord injuries, will likely be obvious at the scene of the crash, making it easy for you to get the care you need. However, there are many other kinds of injuries, including deep abdominal bruising or traumatic brain injuries which could prove life-threatening if not treated quickly.
Even if your life is not endangered by the injury, it could worsen without immediate care. Traumatic brain injuries, for example, can produce new symptoms after the initial injury if you don’t receive adequate medical intervention.
A doctor can help you prove that the injury comes from the crash
If you wind up suffering an injury that will cause you issues for years to come, it could be possible for the other driver or their insurance company to claim that you suffered the injury prior to or after the collision. The sooner after the crash you get medical care, the easier it will be to connect your symptoms and the financial impact they create with the crash itself.
In other words, seeking timely medical intervention can help ensure that you get the compensation you need. You can seek anything from your lost wages to the medical costs you incur treating the injuries you suffered from the crash.