Although there are no laws that set a deadline for when you need to get seen by a doctor following a fall accident, it is essential to get medical attention as soon as possible following these types of accidents.
This prompt medical attention can not only help you avoid devastating and sometimes deadly complications, but it can also help protect your ability to pursue the financial damages you deserve following a fall accident.
See a Doctor When You Experience Symptoms
Following a fall accident, you may feel pain as soon as you hit the ground. For instance, if you hear a pop or snap, you may have broken a bone or torn a ligament somewhere in your body. These injuries may also prevent you from putting any weight on your leg or being able to move your arm.
In addition, if you hit your head during the fall, you may start to feel nauseous or dizzy almost immediately. However, remember if you sustained an injury following a fall accident, the symptoms you experience will often depend on the circumstances. That is why, any time you experience pain, nausea, or feel like something is off after a fall, you should get to a medical professional right away.
Failing to get this treatment can lead to more severe trauma such as paralysis or death or even prevent you from recovering the way you should.
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See a Doctor Even If You Have No Symptoms
Sometimes following a fall accident, it may appear that you did not sustain any injuries, or your injuries appear relatively minor. However, even in these situations, you should still see a doctor.
Quite often, following a serious injury, such as brain trauma, spinal cord damage, or internal bleeding, it can take some time before symptoms manifest. Yet, the longer you go without getting these conditions checked out, the more debilitating and deadly they can become.
That is why, any time you endure a hard landing after a fall, or you hit an object, it is important to get to a doctor as soon as possible, even if you believe the harm you sustained is no big deal.
See a Doctor to Help You Link Your Injuries to Your Fall
Another important reason to see a doctor after a fall accident is to help your legal claim. Following an accident, the insurance company will likely be ready to do everything it can to deny your case. By not getting prompt medical attention after the fall accident, the insurer will try to use this to argue that your injuries were the result of a subsequent event or they are not as serious as you claim them to be.
Fortunately, when you get to a doctor after your fall accident, these medical professionals can prepare a medical report, which will detail all your injuries, and can even serve as a direct link between your fall accident and the injuries sustained. This means that with this medical report, the insurance company or the other side’s legal team may be more likely to settle your case if there is irrefutable evidence that the fall accident caused your injuries.
See a Doctor When You Need Help Proving the Extent of Your Injury
Following a fall accident, if you want to be able to recover financial damages for the injuries and losses you endured, you need to not only prove that another person was responsible for your fall accident, but you will also need to establish the extent of your injuries. As a result, you will need to be able to provide evidence demonstrating that:
- You suffered an injury following a fall accident.
- The injuries you sustained resulted from the fall.
- You incurred significant financial damages because of your fall injuries.
To satisfy this strict burden and meet these elements, you must seek prompt medical treatment so that your doctor can document the extent of your injuries, the type of harm you endured, the medical treatments that are needed, the likelihood that future medical care will be required, and how this injury has affected your life.
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See a Doctor When You Need to Secure Critical Evidence
Although a medical report is a good place to start when gathering evidence following a fall accident, a doctor can actually provide you with several documents that can serve as helpful evidence in your legal case, such as the following:
- Hospital records
- Test results
- X-Ray results
- MRI results
- Admission forms
- Procedure summaries
- Daily charts
- Diagnosis records
- Treatment plans
- Discharge Instructions
- Prescription medications
- Follow-up schedules
Contact an Experienced Accident Attorney to Help with Your Case
Even though getting to a doctor should be your top priority following a fall accident, retaining an experienced personal injury attorney is also critical following this type of accident.
If you are thinking about taking legal action after the accident to go after the compensation you need, these lawyers can:
- Determine if you have a viable claim and figure out the best legal option you should pursue
- Investigate your accident and secure the evidence needed to show fault and damages
- File legal documents before the statute of limitations expires
- Handle all the negotiations with the other side and the insurance company
- Take your case to court and fight for maximum compensation
Contact Morris Bart Today and Fight for the Damages You Need
If you or a loved one sustained harm in a fall accident and have questions regarding the steps you need to take next and your legal options. Do not wait any longer to get the answers you need. Instead, contact Morris Bart today for a free consultation.
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