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Reasons Why You Should Never Delay Medical Treatment After an Accident

Whenever anyone is involved in a traffic accident caused by another driver, it is the last thing they wanted to deal with. Shocked out of the routine of your busy day, broken out of the course of events, nobody wants to deal with the aftermath of an accident, least of all, leaving your car and seeking medical treatment. So, quite often, people don’t seek medical treatment right away after an accident. Sometimes for reasons related to work or other responsibilities, people wait several days to actually seek treatment following a car accident.

Medical Reasons Not to Delay Treatment

Delaying treatment in auto accident cases can be a serious mistake for several reasons. For obvious reasons, it can mean a worsening or prolonging of the injuries resulting from the accident. Injuries like soft tissue injuries or brain injuries resulting from auto collisions, for instance, don’t manifest symptoms sometimes for weeks, maybe even months later.

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When Pedestrians are Hurt in Car Accidents

When a pedestrian is injured in an automobile accident, it can be a very scary situation. The human body is certainly no match for a moving vehicle. The amount of damage that can be done in a vehicle-pedestrian collision can be catastrophic.

For those who survive such an accident it is very important to understand your rights. There are several priorities you must maintain when you suffer injuries as a pedestrian in a vehicle accident, but the most pressing and important one is the need to seek medical attention. Because of the gravity of the injuries possible when a pedestrian is hit by a car, it is extremely important that you seek immediate medical treatment from the very outset.

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Delayed Pain and Personal Injury

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A car accident can be an incredibly distressing and upsetting event, not just mentally or emotionally but also physically. The body takes quite a beating in some collisions and the damage done isn’t often most readily seen.

In fact, quite frequently, people involved in an accident don’t immediately notice resulting physical trauma at all. Many notice very few (if any) symptoms and often choose not to see a physician after the accident. It’s extremely important, whether or not one is immediately aware of physical pain or trauma after a car accident, that you take certain precautionary measures to protect yourself from damaging outcomes that often result in these cases.

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No-Doubt Liability in Auto Accident Cases

In certain car accident cases, some drivers are considered at-fault 99% of the time. These cases are often called "no doubt" liability cases. Two such instances that fall into this category are: rear end collisions and left-turn accidents.

Illinois Rules of the Road are largely responsible for the "no-doubt" designation in these cases. And as insurers are less likely to argue fault in these cases, it becomes all the more necessary to have experienced Counsel on your side to negotiate a fair and equitable settlement for injuries and losses.

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When the At Fault Driver is Not The Only Person Liable for Damages

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If you have been the victim of driver neglect that resulted in a car accident, it’s likely that finding the at-fault individual responsible for your injuries was not that difficult a task. In most cases, the at-fault individual is the driver that did not use reasonable care or caution when behind the wheel (that is if you, yourself were not also in some way negligent and partially responsible, in which case comparative negligence would come into play). But in some cases the driver that caused the accident is not the individual responsible for your injuries or damages. In some cases, Illinois law attributes responsibility to someone more than those behind the wheel and, perhaps, not even in the car at the time of the accident.

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