Top Personal Injury Attorney Kenechi Agu Explains Why Delaying Treatment Can Hurt Your Injury Claim – Torrance, CA
Leading Personal Injury Lawyer Kenechi Agu, founding partner of KRA Legal, PC in Torrance, CA, explains why not seeking immediate treatment can hurt an injury claim. For more information please visit https://www.kralegal.com
Torrance, CA, United States – October 31, 2020 /MM-REB/ —
In a recent interview, Kenechi Agu, founding partner of KRA Legal, PC in Torrance, CA, revealed why not seeking immediate treatment can hurt an injury claim.
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When asked for a comment, Agu explained, “Typically people in accidents feel a rush of adrenaline, which hinders them from noticing if they were hurt, particularly if there’s no obvious injury such as a broken bone. They assume they’re fine, go home but then notice soreness or stiffness. A lot of people tend to take something like Advil, assuming whatever they feel will go away.”
However, according to Agu, delaying treatment after an accident can have negative implications both for a personal injury case and overall health.
“When it comes to a legitimate injury claim, insurance companies are constantly on the lookout to dodge a payout. If you sustain injuries resulting from an accident and delay seeking medical treatment, then the insurance company will attempt to claim that your injury was not caused by the accident. Because of this, it’s vital that you pay a visit to the doctor as soon as you can after an accident,” he said.
Agu quickly added that the general acceptable timeframe to see a doctor following an accident is within the first three or four days.
“Waiting any longer than this could seriously harm your chances of getting a favorable outcome for a personal injury case as insurance companies will simply claim that you aren’t hurt. Insurance companies operate on the basis of making money, not giving it out,” he added.
Symptoms from common car accident injuries – such as whiplash or a ruptured disc – don’t always show up immediately, making it important to understand what they are.
Agu continued by saying, “Symptoms from the most serious injuries could take some time to appear. The body uses adrenaline as a defense mechanism, which often masks the first signs of pain after an injury. Once the adrenaline wears off, the pain begins. However, the pain could be from whiplash, which causes thousands of tiny tears in the muscle, or from a disc injury.”
It’s important to bear in mind, according to Agu, that everyone injured in an accident has the right to receive the right treatment for their injuries.
When asked to elaborate, he said, “After a car accident, a lot of people get checked out to eliminate any life-threatening injuries, so the doctor in the emergency room will take some X-rays, tell you to take some Advil, and will send you home. However, X-rays don’t tell the full story and don’t detect certain injuries such as soft-tissue injuries.”
He added that following up with doctors to address and treat serious injuries is a must.
“You know your body better than anyone else, so you’ll know when you’re feeling off. If you are, then go get checked. It’s important to ensure that you’re ok and, if you’re not, that you receive the right treatment. This is completely within your rights. If you’re the victim of a car accident, then it’s the responsibility of the other party and their insurance company to make it right,” he said.
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