How Long Do You Have to Go to the Doctor After a Slip and Fall
According to most state laws, there is not a set time to go to a doctor for slip and fall injuries. However, most legal experts encourage you to visit one within the first 3-4 days. Some argue that you go within the first day or so.
The main reason is your health. You could face health issues that develop later if you do not get checked out right away. Some patients do not have a strong threshold for pain. Waiting too long will cause the pain to grow stronger in slip and fall.
A simple wrist sprain could become something much greater if not taken care of as soon as possible.
What are some of the other reasons to visit a doctor right away for slip and fall injuries?
After a slip and fall accident, you could experience anything from drowsiness to fatigue and nausea.
Insomnia and throwing up could also be part of your health concerns. These signs could indicate a brain injury of some kind. There is no way you should let that go without being checked out by a doctor.
Your recollection of what happened is still fresh. However, your memories of what happened could be affected if a brain injury occurs.
The other reason for seeing a doctor right away is due to the insurance claims. The insurance company wants to know what happened, why and when. You are trying to get some compensation for what happened.
A brain injury could place a damper on that. Your ability to explain what happened in detail decreases over time. It might get to a point where you do not remember much of anything at all.
What will your insurance company thinks the longer you wait?
According to a professional Los Angeles slip and fall lawyer, the company wants to get this taken care of. That is why the company start to assume the worst, even if that is not the case.
1) The insurance company could assume that the fall did not cause your head injuries. Your head injury might have been caused by something else. That is what they will think anyway. That is why you need to get checked out.
The company wants to see the doctor’s opinion before the company proceeds.
2) The insurance company could also assume that you are making it up. Falsifying evidence is a crime, one that carries stiff penalties. Your insurance wants to make sure you are being honest in your claim.
The longer you wait, the less honest the company will think you are.
Some clients have been known to fake injuries for a big payout. They want to make sure you are not one of them.
A paper trail and a tangible timeline are vital to making a final decision on a claim.
Talk to someone at the Farias Legal Group for any questions or concerns you might have.