Can I Still File an Injury Claim If I Initially Denied Medical Care?

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Sometimes when an accident happens, people are offered medical care at the scene. If you are involved in an accident and refuse medical care, that should not reflect poorly on you later. You can still pursue damages if you believe the other person is at fault. However, you should know that the other side might try to use your refusal of care to try and poke holes in your case later. A Memphis personal injury lawyer from our firm can help you build a strong case and defend your actions.

Why Does Denying Medical Care Look Bad?

When you deny medical care at the scene, the defendant in your personal injury suit may try to make some arguments and weaken your case for compensation. They could say that:

  • If your injuries were so serious, you would have sought out medical care right away
  • You were not injured at the accident, but at a separate event after that
  • You were injured at the accident, but your injuries are only serious now because you waited to get care and caused more harm to yourself.

There are many good reasons to deny medical care initially though, and your attorney is prepared to help you make your case even if you initially declined the help of paramedics or other professionals. In some situations, accident victims are worried about the cost of care. In others, adrenaline is pumping and it is difficult to even notice injuries right away. We will show why you did not initially receive care and why that does not disqualify you from seeking compensation.

How Can a Personal Injury Attorney Help Me?

A lawyer can do a lot to help you with your case. An attorney can:

  • Gather evidence, like surveillance footage of an accident
  • Talk to witnesses
  • Handle all communications with insurers, lawyers, and others on your behalf
  • Calculate fair compensation
  • Answer any questions that you have
  • Defend you from any accusations of wrongdoing

We are ready to help you fight for the compensation that you deserve.

What Can My Compensation Cover?

You are probably facing a growing pile of bills after your accident. Suing for damages can help you secure the money you need to pay for these expenses. Your settlement should make up for lost wages, medical bills, and other obvious costs related to your accident. These are called economic damages.

Your compensation should also make up for non-economic damages though. If you are in pain due to disability or disfigurement, or if you have lost the ability to participate in an activity you once loved, those psychological effects of the accident matter. They need to be addressed with a fair compensation offer.

Talk to a Lawyer Today

If you are interested in pursuing a personal injury case, you do not have to go it alone. Contact Ballin, Ballin & Fishman, PC and schedule your free case evaluation. We can tell you more about what an experienced attorney can do to assist you and your family in this difficult time.