Throughout the years practicing personal injury law in Florida, our attorneys know from experience that if you’ve been involved in a car accident, you need to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Many injuries that are caused by the accident may not present themselves right away. Directly after an accident, your adrenaline will still be pumping and you’ll still be in a state of shock. You won’t fully be aware of how your body is feeling. So it is always in your best interest to be seen by a medical professional in the emergency room as soon as you can after you’ve been in an accident.
What To Expect When You Arrive At The Emergency Room
When you arrive at the emergency room, you’ll need to check-in, let them know you’ve been in an accident and whether you have any immediate injuries that need attention prior to a general examination.
The medical staff will ask you about the nature of your accident. This gives them a better understanding of what areas of the body may need additional attention.
By giving the ER staff an overview of the accident, you give them critical information that could not only help you in your healing journey but also provides more evidence to bring to a lawsuit, in the case that your insurance company does not cover your medical expenses or other additional damages.
A Detailed Account of Your car Accident
Based on the details of your accident, the doctors and technicians may decide to run tests or collect x-rays and scans to get a better look at what potential injuries you may have experienced.
Along with your account of the accident, your medical tests and scans will provide even more evidence, should a lawsuit become necessary.
Even if your tests come back with no obvious signs of injury, the fact that the tests were done in the first place is a good way to start. Many injuries that result from an accident do not show up until later down the line. By having the first examination to compare with future examinations only provides more evidence to your case and proof that you did attempt to receive medical attention.
What If You Forgo Seeking Medical Attention
If you decide to skip the visit to the emergency room or urgent care facility, you could be setting yourself up for a difficult road to fair compensation.
Insurance companies will do anything in their power to keep the money you deserve. By opting out of seeking treatment right away, the insurance companies often will use this as leverage to prove that: 1. Your injuries were not sustained as a result of the car accident or 2. That the reason you didn’t seek medical attention right away was because you were at fault of said injuries.
We know it can be an exhausting experience to go through a car accident, but we want you to know that it truly is in your best interest to seek medical attention right away.
If you’ve been involved in a car accident and you need help getting the compensation you’re owed, please give us a call today.