If you’ve been injured, it might be tempting not to get medical care. Maybe you’re worried that it’s too expensive. Maybe you don’t think the injuries are all that serious, so you just want to recover at home.
For example, perhaps you’ve been involved in a car accident. Maybe another driver crossed the center line and hit your vehicle. Or perhaps you were struck while you were riding your bike or walking your dog. You didn’t expect these injuries, and you hope you can go home and rest and put the incident behind you.
The injuries may be more severe than you realize
The problem with skipping medical treatment is that your injuries may actually be very serious, and they could even be getting worse, whether you realize it or not. Adrenaline can sometimes mask the pain that you feel, making you think that things are not as severe as they actually are.
An example of this could be if you have a subdural hematoma or another instance of bleeding around your brain. You may not notice the symptoms immediately, but the building pressure could eventually become fatal or lead to brain damage. Getting prompt medical treatment to stop that bleeding and relieve pressure is necessary.
Additionally, if someone else caused the accident, you may be interested in seeking financial compensation. Your medical records can help to show how you were injured, that the injuries came from the accident in question and how much they’re going to cost you.
Exploring your legal options
If you find yourself in this position, being worried about the expense is natural. But it is important to understand all of the legal steps you can take to seek proper compensation from the driver who was responsible.