Car accidents don't always result in injuries. Some accidents are so minor that the occupants walk away with a bruise or two thanks to advances in safety like airbags and stronger vehicles. People still get badly hurt every day in car accidents though, unfortunately. When they do, mitigating the damage is important in more than one way. Read on to learn more.
What Is Damage Mitigation?
To mitigate is to lessen the effects of something, and accident victims owe it to themselves and others to take action that makes their injures better and not worse. If you fail to seek medical care after an accident, it could end up making matters worse. For example, if you didn't notice the signs of a concussion, you might be causing yourself real harm by not acting to seek medical care before something worse happens. And if that is not enough, you can also damage your chances of getting compensation if you fail to seek medical care.
Failure to Mitigate Accident Damages
You can negatively affect your ability to be paid accident damages in several ways. You can, for instance, take responsibility for the accident — even if the other driver caused it. That can happen accidentally when you apologize to the other driver or express doubt about your speed, not paying attention, and more. While that issue centers around fault, a failure to mitigate medical damages can negatively affect your compensation for not only medical expenses but pain and suffering as well. Pain and suffering payments could be several times your medical expenses, and the other side will do everything possible to keep that figure low. If it can be shown that your health status after the accident was made worse due to your own lack of action, you might not be paid what you deserve.
Watch for Hidden Injuries
Most people get checked out after an accident, but some injuries are sneaky and may not be readily obvious. For example:
- Abdominal pain – You might think you have a bruise when there is actually internal organ damage.
- Bruises – What looks like a bruise on the surface might be torn ligaments, bone injuries, and more.
- Ears ringing – Common after hearing loud noises, this can also signal a permanent injury to your ears.
- Changes in behavior – You may have emotional trauma from the accident, and it may only worsen if you don't seek help from a therapist.
To find out more about this issue, speak to a car crash lawyer as soon as possible.