Frequently, an accident victim with a soft injury suffers only a mild amount of discomfort in the days immediately following the accidental occurrence. Sometimes, additional symptoms might not appear until weeks or months later. Still, there is always the possibility of complications.
Factors that determine the value of a case where the victim has suffered a soft injury
• The duration of the victim’s pain
• The evidence of any lingering symptoms
• If the victim has recurring pains, what is the length of each recurrence?
Documented, medical evidence: This could be just a collection of medical bills. The insurance company wants proof that the prescribed treatment was pursued. In addition, insurers like to see that a doctor or other medical professional observed the victim’s/ claimant’s injuries as soon as possible, during the 24 hours that followed the collision.
A claimant’s understanding of the nature and extent of any sustained injuries: This factor becomes of greater significance, if a member of the medical community saw the claimant soon after he or she had sustained the reported injury.
Steps that should be taken
Any policyholder that expects to make a claim should make the insurance company aware of that fact soon after discovering any evidence of an injury. Even an awareness of how the occupants of a vehicle got bounced around, after the collision’s impact, should signal the need to see a doctor, and report the doctor’s findings.
Consider filing a lawsuit: That shows an insurance company that the reported complaints should be taken seriously. It is one thing for an accident victim to claim at the scene to have suffered the effects of a whiplashing. Only possession of evidence to support such claims can serve as a reason for basing a lawsuit on the need for proper treatment.
Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer in Waterdown, and follow the lawyer’s advice. An attorney might suggest an action that the client has overlooked. Perhaps a parent assumed that, because the driver and front passenger did not suffer any injuries, then all the younger occupants in the same vehicle should remain uninjured. An attorney would realize that it does not pay to make such an assumption.
Keep track of all medical expenses. That should include any money that must be paid to a parking attendant, when it has come time to visit a doctor’s office or a diagnostic facility. That is an expense that has been necessitated by the performance of actions suggested by the treating physician.
Do not hesitate to ask questions, but stand ready to listen to the answers. Learn the reason for a prescribed treatment. Learn the reasoning behind the scheduling that was chosen for a given treatment regime. If children are being treated, share the explanation.