Justia Lawyer Rating
Washington State Bar Association
ARAG Proud Member
Lead Counsel Rated
International Families Justice Coalition
Super Lawyers Rising Stars

Importance of Treating After Accident Without Gaps During COVID

The Importance of No Gaps in Your Treatment After an Accident in Bellevue, Even During COVID

Navigating a pandemic in the United States has made many of us reluctant to seek medical attention for fear of contracting COVID. But if you have been injured in a car accident in Bellevue, it is critical that you get immediate medical care as well as consistent care and treatment after a diagnosis.

How the Lack of Immediate Medical Care Can Hurt You

After an accident, getting immediate medical care enables you to understand the extent of your injuries. It also establishes needed evidence if you choose to pursue an injury claim with your insurance company or against an at-fault driver.

Unfortunately, during COVID, many drivers and passengers who have been in a car accident in Washington are reluctant to visit hospitals or doctors, fearing exposure. This can not only cause you to suffer needlessly, but not getting immediate medical attention can result in what the insurance industry refers to as a “gap” in treatment.

What Does a Gap in Treatment Mean to an Injury Claim?

Insurance companies always look at ways that they can reduce their financial exposure in claims. The industry frequently uses a gap in treatment against the injured party to argue that they didn’t do everything possible to minimize the effects of their injuries.

If you choose to wait to seek medical attention, the associated insurance company may try to attribute your injuries to something other than the accident. Insurance companies and opposing attorneys often use gaps in treatment to deny responsibility and compensation. This works against you and may make it difficult to get sufficient compensation for your injuries.

What Should You Do During COVID to Get the Treatment You Need?

Here in Washington, we know firsthand what COVID can do to an individual. We have seen the considerable impact it has had on our state and its resources. But if you have been injured in an accident in Washington, avoidance of medical care is not to your advantage.

If you cannot drive to a hospital following an accident, call an ambulance to transport you. First responders and hospitals are prepared for these emergencies and must also comply with safety protocols. While you are there or during any future appointments, always maintain social distance as much as possible, wear a face mask at all times, and practice regular hygiene.

What Happens if You Have Been Turned Away for Care?

During our current health crisis, we have seen cases in other parts of the country where ambulances have been diverted from hospital emergency rooms overwhelmed by COVD patients. In this case, it will be necessary for you to get a record of care denial. You should immediately locate another hospital or physician to ensure that you get the care you need. Call before you get to the hospital or office to ensure that they have the capacity and capability to see you.

Get Professional Advice

If you have been injured in an accident in Bellevue or other surrounding communities, get the guidance of an experienced Bellevue personal injury lawyer to discuss your case and your legal rights. Contact Northwest Law Group for a complimentary consultation.

Client Reviews
Thank you, Northwest Law Group and Alice, our wonderful attorney, for making us feel heard. You clearly care about your clients, and I cannot thank you enough for your urgency in finalizing the case in a way that was the most beneficial to me and my kids. My children are in a stable home now and we have been able to move on, all thanks to you, Alice and your firm. - V.P
When I received the divorce papers from my husband, I was extremely worried and didn’t know what to do. I found Alice and Northwest Law Group through a friend, and just after my first meeting with Alice, I felt as though a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders. She explained everything to me and continued to do so as she represented me through the conclusion of my case. I don’t know what I would have done without Alice! - Z.B
I just want to thank Northwest Law Group, PLLC. for being professionals in handling my DUI case. I made a huge mistake when I got behind the wheel of my car after a night of drinking. Thankfully, you were able to help me work through the confusing court process, ensuring that my mistake didn’t end up costing me time at work or with my family. - Anonymous