How to Decide if You Should Visit the Hospital After a Car Accident
More than four million people visit the emergency room after a car accident each year. They have a variety of injuries from life-threatening spinal cord injuries to minor cuts. Victims who have a potentially life-threatening injury know they should visit the hospital but victims with less serious injuries are not always sure if they should get immediate medical attention.
At Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas we believe that if you believe that you may need medical attention that you should err on the side of caution and get medical help right away. Keep reading to learn why and then contact us at 877-982-0707 for a free legal consultation.
Do Not Assume That You Do Not Need to Visit the Doctor Just Because You Have No Immediate Symptoms
It is all too common for a victim of a car accident to assume that if they do not have serious symptoms immediately after their accident, then they are not injured. The reality is that some symptoms can take hours or even days to appear. This is because the body releases adrenaline and this adrenaline can mask pain. If you have an injury, do not assume that just because it does not hurt it is not serious – talk to a doctor to get the facts.
Consider the Impact on Any Future Personal Injury Case
If your property has suffered serious damage or you plan to file a personal injury claim for another reason, then it is always worth visiting the doctor. Doing so will help determine if you do have an injury. If you do, then it will document said injury which will be essential in getting the compensation you are owed.
Remember that when it comes time to settle your case, the other party’s insurance company is going to work tirelessly to reduce or deny your claim. If you wait a few days or weeks to see the doctor, they can claim that you were not as injured as you claim. They may say that if you were seriously injured, you would not have waited.
You Do Not Have to Go to the Hospital to Get Medical Care
Another reason that people sometimes avoid getting medical care after a car accident is because they think about medical care and they assume they must go to the hospital. This is not the case. If you have an injury that needs immediate medical attention then yes, go to the emergency room. However, if your injury is not life-threatening then you can visit your local urgent care clinic or make an appointment with your general practitioner.
Call Us Today if You Need a Free Legal Consultation
If you have been injured in a car accident then we urge you to contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 877-982-0707 for a free legal consultation. We will go over the case, find the best way forward, and help you through this difficult time.