If you have been injured in a car accident but have not received medical treatment, you may be asking yourself, “Do I have a car accident injury case?” In short, no.
The value of any personal injury claim, including those involving car accidents, comes down to one key element – damages. These damages may include injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and permanent disability, among others. Generally speaking, the more hurt you are, the greater the potential value of your personal injury claim could be.
However, even if you are hurt in a crash, you must have objective proof of your injuries if you are to pursue a successful car accident injury case. The only way to obtain that proof is to seek medical treatment for the injuries you sustained in the accident, ideally as soon as possible. The longer you wait to receive treatment, the easier it can be for the other driver’s attorney or insurance company to deny that those injuries are related to the car accident, hurting the value of your claim.
Therefore, if you do not receive medical treatment for your injuries within a reasonably short period of time following your collision, or if you were not injured at all, you do not have a valid car accident injury case.
What If I Have Received Medical Treatment?
Even if you have received medical treatment, however, obtaining full and fair compensation in a car accident injury case is not necessarily guaranteed. Very often, insurance companies and defense attorneys will work to minimize the extent of your damages, or even deny your claim entirely, particularly if you are representing yourself. This may be your first car accident, but it is certainly not theirs, and they will take advantage of your relative inexperience in order to settle your car accident injury case for pennies on the dollar. To help increase the odds in your favor, consider doing what so many others have done before you and contact the car accident attorneys at GWC Injury Lawyers LLC.
With more than $2 billion recovered in verdicts and settlements, GWC is one of the leading Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation law firms in Illinois. Our car accident lawyers have the experience, the determination, the resources, and the reputation needed to get you and your family the justice you deserve.
Call our personal injury lawyers today for a free consultation.