Don’t jeopardize your personal injury rights by making these common mistakes after you’ve been involved in a personal injury accident in Minnesota!
1. Not seeking medical treatment for your injuries after the accident.
After a car accident or other personal injury accident, people often decline emergency medical treatment or transportation by ambulance to a hospital, thinking that their injuries are not serious enough. This is a mistake! If you have any injuries at all following an auto collision or other personal injury accident, get a medical evaluation.
Doing so serves two purposes. First, it documents the fact that you did sustain injuries as a result of the accident, which is important for your personal injury claim down the road. Second, getting medical treatment right away, when necessary, may help you avoid more serious medical issues in the future. After an accident, you may be shaken up and anxious, and experiencing a surge of adrenaline. Often, this adrenaline surge masks or reduces the intensity of any symptoms you may be experiencing. Over the next several hours or even days, you may find that the minor “tweak” in your neck has turned into serious, severe neck pain and stiffness. Don’t wait until your symptoms become unbearable to seek out medical attention! If you wait several days or weeks to seek medical care (attempting to “tough it out”) the liability insurance company or the attorney that represents them will likely try to argue that you were not hurt at all in the accident.