Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) February 11, 2014
More than 70% of car accident victims have consistent musculoskeletal pain six weeks after their accident, according to researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. (Consumer Affairs, “Study: post-accident neck pain is common”, January 21).
And most of these people won’t seek treatment – or compensation - for their injuries, because they feel others will not take their claims seriously, according to the study’s first author and associate professor of anesthesiology and emergency medicine, Dr. Samuel McLean.
"In the U.S., if someone develops chronic neck pain or other pain after a car accident, and they go to their doctor or tell their friends, they are often not believed or are viewed with great suspicion, as if their symptoms are not real and they are just trying to sue someone," said Dr. McLean.
North Carolina car accident lawyer, James S. Farrin concurred.
“We often see accident victims treated unfairly,” Farrin said. “This is especially common in rear-end accidents. People in accidents should never hesitate to be examined by a doctor or see one once symptoms develop, as many injuries are not immediately apparent.”
According to Farrin, not only is avoiding treatment bad for victims’ health, it can also have a serious impact on an insurance claim should they chose to file later on.
“If you are injured in a car wreck, not seeking immediate and consistent treatment is quite possibly the worst thing you can do to your insurance claim,” Farrin said. “Insurance companies view medical treatment as evidence. If you’re not treated immediately and consistently, an insurance company may try to deny or downplay your claim.”
Farrin said this is why his firm suggests that injured victims avoid giving immediate statements to insurance adjusters – to make sure all injuries are accounted for, even those that are not yet symptomatic.
“This study supports our stance that injured accident victims should not wait to talk with a personal injury attorney. The sooner you take action to protect your rights, the better off you will likely be in the long run.”
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