The minute you realize something is not right with your back, even if the pain or damage seems minor, trivial even, you should make an appointment with your doctor for a medical exam right away.
It is the smart thing to do for your health. Just because an injury seems minor at first does not necessarily mean that it is minor. Sometimes, major injuries take weeks or even months to present noticeable symptoms. The longer you wait to seek medical help, the more you could be risking your health, and the more damage could potentially be taking place inside your body without your knowledge.
Moreover, the sooner you seek medical attention after a car accident, the easier to connect any injuries the exam reveals to the crash. By waiting too long to see a doctor, you leave yourself open to the at-fault driver, and his or her attorney, raising the possibility that something else happened after the crash to cause your injury.
Even if your crash happened weeks ago, or even months, and you are just now experiencing back pain, it is not too late to pursue damages. Accordingly, you should see your doctor as soon as possible.
After You See Your Doctor, Consult With a Car Accident Attorney
A personal injury lawyer can help you put together your claim and negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company. Even if your back pain did not present itself right away following the accident, an attorney could help you establish a causal connection with the wreck.
Depending on the circumstances of your accident and the severity of your injuries, your settlement may include any or all of the following:
- Current and past medical bills
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Vehicle damages
- Other loss of personal property
- Punitive damages (if we have evidence that the other driver was acting recklessly or maliciously)
Keep Up With Your Medical Care
Once you seek medical attention for your back pain, your treating physician should offer a diagnosis, revealing the specifics of your injuries. Your doctor also will likely recommend a combination of follow-up care, therapy, rehabilitation, and medication.
It is important to stay on top of your medical care as your attorney pursues your personal injury case. When you attend your scheduled appointments for doctor check-ups, physical therapy, and such, you help to establish the extent of your injuries, an important building block of your injury claim.
On the other hand, if you do not commit to your follow-up care, miss appointments, and do not follow your doctor’s advice, the other party might use this as evidence that your injuries are not as severe as you claim.