Fontana, CA asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for California

Q: I was riding my bike home from work. A truck cut right in front of me. I have since noticed some injurys that not gone.

The drive admitted fault. Should I continue to try to see my doctor? Or their doctor, or what?

5 Lawyer Answers
Theodore Allan Greene
Theodore Allan Greene
Answered
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Very hard to answer your question without much more information. Did the truck strike you? Was a police report done? Did you seek immediate medical care?...etc... etc..

you should sit down with a personal injury attorney and go over ALL the questions they might have... and then you will have a good idea how to proceed.

William John Light agrees with this answer

Alexander Bakhache Perez
Alexander Bakhache Perez
Answered
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Fullerton, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: If you are injured you need to seek medical attention - regardless of who is going to pay or liability.

If you would like to have attorney help you with this and represent you feel free to make a Free Phone Consult to discuss more.

Justin R. Heim agrees with this answer

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
Answered
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Palm Desert, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: More info needed.

was their a police report? did you go to the hospital, urgent care or your docs?

was there any med treatment after the accident and how much time has passed.

the longer you wait to get treatment the more difficult it is to prove they were related to the incident.

was there contact between your bike and truck? wits?

call a PI lawyer as they will offer a free consultation.

William John Light
William John Light
Answered
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Riverside, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: If you are hurt, go to your doctor. If you want compensation, talk to a PI attorney. Do not talk to "their doctor" or to their adjuster.

Justin R. Heim
Justin R. Heim
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Answered
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Seal Beach, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: There are too many nuances to this question for you to rely on the answers posted here solely. You need to consult with an attorney.

I am going to paraphrase your question to make sure we're addressing the same thing. 'I was injured in a car accident, should I see a doctor.' The answer as others have posted is unequivocal, if you are injured and need medical assistance, then seek it out. Too often, personal injury victims overthink this process. You should do precisely what you would do in the event you were injured in any normal life circumstance. You should not treat your need for medical care any differently simply because there is the potential for a personal injury lawsuit or car accident insurance claim.

The next question I would pose to you if you were my prospective client is, was the truck a regular passenger truck or a commercial truck? Most car insurance policies in California require actual "contact" between the vehicle and the injured party for coverage to be available. Without insurance coverage, any recovery you make for personal injuries is likely to be directly from the party who caused your injuries. If it's an individual, depending on the financial health, this may or may not be an issue, and if it's a commercial truck, then it's probably less of a problem.

In short, if you need medical care, then get it. Worst case scenario this is why you have health insurance.

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