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Can you refuse medical care at the scene of your accident?

On Behalf of | Jan 20, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

After an auto accident in Ohio, you may be tempted to refuse medical care given by paramedics. You may feel fine and think you don’t have any injuries resulting from the crash. While the choice is ultimately yours, being seen by a medical professional, even if you feel fine, can help you down the road.

Why you should not refuse medical attention

Auto accidents are disorienting, and it’s common not to feel pain immediately after a crash. In some cases, a rush of adrenaline can suppress your ability to feel pain right away, and you may not realize you’ve been injured until it wears off. Additionally, some injuries are just not obvious until later on, such as concussions or whiplash.

Additionally, untreated injuries can get worse down the road. Catching injuries quickly can help you get the treatment you need before your condition gets worse.

Legal Aspects of Denying Treatment

If you were indeed injured during a car crash that was caused by the other driver, you may be able to file a claim for compensation to help you cover any resulting medical costs. If you denied medical assessment, however, and your pain arose later on, it can be harder to prove that your injury was caused by that accident. Having an assessment by a medical professional can help mitigate any doubt about the cause of your injury.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, it’s beneficial to seek the help of a medical professional. Should you choose to file a claim against a negligent driver, a lawyer can help determine the best course of action to take.