Richard S. Lundin
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Personal injury and family law attorney licensed to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia
Even a minor fender bender can result in a serious injury. If you or someone you love has been hurt in a Maryland auto accident, it is important to seek medical treatment.

Seeing a doctor not only quickens your physical recovery, it also helps any future car accident claim that you may pursue.

Insurance adjusters and lawyers often look to doctors as experts in the case. Your doctor can verify your injuries - what caused them (the accident), how extensive they are, and how much medical care (and money) is needed for your recovery.

See a doctor immediately following the accident.

If you have been involved in a serious Maryland auto accident, you should see a doctor right away. A doctor can begin treatment immediately and officially connect the injury to the accident.

Be aware of delayed symptoms.

Not all symptoms are immediately felt at the scene of the accident. Quite often, you will start to notice symptoms days or even weeks after the accident.

This is particularly true of internal injuries. For example, a constant headache and dizziness might be a sign of a closed head injury, while persistent back pain may point to a back injury.

Do not dismiss any pain as a minor ache that will quickly go away. If you have any symptoms or pain that started around the time of the accident, see a doctor to verify whether the pain is related to the accident.
Continue treatment until your doctor releases you.

Keep your doctor appointments. If you miss appointments and you later try to pursue a case, the insurance adjuster may point to your canceled appointments as reason that you must not have really been injured.

Similarly, if you do not complete your doctor's recommended treatment and then have reoccurring health issues, an insurance adjuster may deny your claim. They may suggest that you caused the additional damage yourself by quitting treatment partway through.

Check your doctor's records.

Insurance adjusters and lawyers often refer to your doctor's records in any personal injury claim. It's a good idea to request a copy of these records. Check your doctor's summary of the accident and your symptoms to make sure it is correct since these records may be used in a lawsuit.

Know where to send the bill.

You should not have to foot the bill for a serious car injury that was not your fault. In Maryland, you can receive help paying these medical expenses both from your own PIP insurance and from the other driver's insurance.

Focus on getting better, not on the cost.

Your physical recovery is important. Do not deny yourself the right to medical treatment simply because you cannot afford it.

If you were injured in an accident that was not your fault, you are not responsible for paying the bill. You are responsible for getting yourself the necessary medical treatment.

Leave the rest to an experienced Maryland injury lawyer. They can help you get the compensation you need to pay for the treatment.
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