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Illinois Vehicle Accident Victims Should See a Doctor

Barrington IL Car Accident Attorney

If you have been involved in a car accident, it is important to try and use caution and common sense in these situations where you may experience anxiety and confusion. If you are involved in a motor vehicle crash, a doctor should be seen promptly to conduct a thorough exam. Any passengers present, particularly children, should be seen as well.

With over 25 years of advocating for injury victims involved in motor vehicle accidents, the attorneys at Joseph M. Lucas & Associates, LLC have witnessed many mistakes people make following auto accidents. We have pursued financial compensation on behalf of individuals throughout the area and we can help you if you have been injured.

Illinois Vehicle Accident Facts

The Illinois Department of Transportation maintains and analyzes vehicle accident data to assess overall safety on our roadways. In 2015, they reported that Illinois had roughly 914 vehicle crashes resulting in a fatality. Further, they estimate that about 15 percent of motor vehicle accidents result in some variety of injury.

Importance of Visiting a Doctor Quickly

If you are suddenly involved in a car accident, you may be startled and uneasy. At this point, it is critical to adhere to the proper course of action regarding your physical well-being, and any potential legal or financial ramifications. If you have sustained an injury that is apparent, seek emergency medical care. The problem arises when accidents victim ignore symptoms or underestimate the severity of the impact their body experienced. Documentation reflecting a visit with a physician is necessary. If initially your injuries seem insignificant, it is still best to submit to a physical exam which evaluates your head, back, neck and more. Failure to visit a doctor following an accident, may provide an opportunity for a liable insurance company to call into question the validity and severity of your injuries. These parties could suggest your injuries were exacerbated by your failure to obtain medical care.

Latency in Symptoms of Injury

For a variety of reasons, injuries incurred in motor vehicle accidents may not begin to exhibit symptoms for a period of time. The latency is further reason to visit a doctor who has the knowledge and equipment to precisely assess your situation. Many times damage to the musculoskeletal system may not be immediately apparent. Be cognizant of feelings such as numbness or soreness, as you may have an underlying injury.

Importance of Documentation

Maintain a log with notes recalling the accident, as you may be challenged to produce details at a later time. If you incurred visible injuries and/or vehicle damage, it is suggested that you photograph them. If there are passengers or witnesses available from the accident scene, gather their contact information when possible. A third-party assessment of an accident can often be helpful. Place all medically relevant paperwork in one place, including receipts for doctor co-pays, medications, medical evaluations and the like.

When to Contact an Illinois Personal Injury Attorney

If another party was found at-fault in the accident and you have suffered losses, you may want to seek the advice of an experienced personal injury attorney. Illinois law allows injury victims to recover for various damages that may have resulted.

If you or a loved was a victim of injury in a motor vehicle accident resulting from the negligence or carelessness of another party, you owe it to yourself to consult the personal injury lawyers at Joseph M. Lucas & Associates, LLC. We have successfully protected the rights of injured victims in areas such as Inverness, Algonquin, Palatine, Cary, Fox River Grove, Kildeer, Wauconda, Island Lake, Lake Zurich, Tower Lakes, Hawthorn Woods, and many surrounding areas. Contact our office to coordinate a complimentary personal injury consultation at 847-381-8700.

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