Insurance carriers routinely look for an excuse to deny or delay paying compensation to an injured person. If you or a loved one was injured in an accident in Missouri or Kansas and you later declined an offer of medical care, doing so might provide the insurance carrier with a reason to reject your claim or pay less than what you deserve.
Our experienced personal injury attorneys in Missouri and Kansas can help you navigate the steps involved in accident claims to make sure that you receive the greatest amount of compensation possible, even if your insurance carriers devalue your claim or attempt to pay less than you are owed.
Why Car Crash Victims Are Refusing Medical Treatment
Some situations exist in which a person might decline medical care due to reasons like religion as well as deeply held philosophical beliefs or simply because a person does not believe that they have been injured. However, even seemingly ‘minor’ accidents can lead to substantial injuries that might not be readily noticeable until a proper diagnosis is received from a medical provider. Accident victims who think they are uninjured often do not think that they must visit a medical facility, which means that they do not contact 911 to go to a medical facility. When it comes to insurance providers, not going to a medical facility often makes it appear as if victims did not incur serious injuries in an accident. An insurance company might use this as justification for offering a much smaller amount of compensation.
Refusing initial medical care might be remedied by later seeking medical assistance any time following the incident, but the sooner the better. You should know that some serious medical conditions including whiplash and several conditions that impact the brain are not immediately noticeable as the result of adrenaline that courses through a victim’s body following an accident.
When it comes to refusing medical care for reasons like religious beliefs, insurance carriers often have stronger arguments to devalue claims and pay less in compensation. This is because the victim’s resulting economic damages are not as great as an individual who received treatment. After all, if you do not go to the hospital, you will not have any hospital bills to pay.
Why You Should Consider Receiving the Necessary Medical Treatment
Following an accident, it is best to receive a diagnosis from a healthcare worker who can assess your condition and promptly begin administering treatment. If you fail to do this, an insurance carrier might later argue that the fact that you did not get treatment following your accident suggests that you were not injured at all. Instead, getting the appropriate treatment supports your argument for compensation for providing evidence that you incurred an injury in an accident and are focused on recovering from the injuries you incurred.
Speak With an Experienced Car Accident Attorney Today
Most people injured in car accidents make sure to receive the medical care that they require following an accident. In some situations, however, it might be understandable that a person is refusing medical treatment. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash in Missouri or Kansas, one of the best ways to make sure that you receive the maximum amount of compensation is to speak with an experienced attorney. Contact House Law LLC today to schedule a free case evaluation.