What if I refuse medical treatment at the scene of the accident but I later find out I am injured?

Medical Treatment at the Scene of an Accident is Important

If you refuse medical treatment at the scene of an injury accident, but later find out you are injured, it could hurt your accident claim. You can still seek compensation, but it will be harder for you and your lawyer to prove that your injuries arose from the accident and not from some other cause.  In addition, in some states, you may not be able to receive any compensation regardless of whether or not you were at fault.  This does not mean that you are out of luck and will not be adequately compensated, it just makes the task more difficult.  An experienced attorney, such as our firm, can guide you through the process.  

Do Not Refuse Medical Treatment at Accident Scene

At the scene of an injury accident, you should never refuse medical treatment. You should also never declare that you are fine or have no injuries. The rush from all the chaos surrounding the accident may have you feeling fine temporarily; you may not be feeling so well a couple days later. You may have a concussion that masks your symptoms, or have an exam that could reveal an injury you didn’t even know you had.  In many instances, a victim of a car accident does not fell pain until days later.  If this is the case, you should consult a medical provider immediately.  Symptoms such as muscle damage and bruising may surface well after the event due to many factors.  It is important to see a doctor and they can determine whether it was caused by the accident or another issue.

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Refusing medical treatment at sceneYou should never refuse treatment if you do not have health insurance.  Having no insurance is never a good excuse to avoid incurring medical expenses.  In most cases, the treatment will be covered by the auto coverage of the driver that hit you.  In some cases, your auto policy will cover your expenses as well.  

What Happens if I refuse Medical Treatment?

Refusing medical treatment after an injury accident is a sign to insurance companies that you are not really injured. It becomes difficult to express the severity of your injuries when you left the scene without treatment.  Although, we have seen many cases where this occurs, it should always be a priority to get the medical attention you need immediately.  When you do realize that you should have received treatment or you have an onset of pain, immediately seek medical attention, do not wait any longer.  If you sue the other party for your injuries, they could countersue and claim that you are using an injury from a subsequent accident in order to claim damages.  An attorney can advise what your next steps should be.

Get an Attorney As Soon As Possible if You Have Treatment After Leaving the Scene

If in the end, you left the scene of the accident and did not get treatment, but later found out you needed extensive medical care, including physical therapy, surgery or even treatment for a brain injury, it is important that you have a consultation with an attorney.  Get the information you need to make the best decisions for your case. 

Tim Miley
Injury Lawyer, Author, & Owner of The Miley Legal Group